The Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission (SSITC) has obtained “crash” statistics from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) which highlight the ten most incident-prone intersections on the island from 2000-2010.
The ICBC crash statistics call attention to the need for care at several other intersections on Salt
• Crofton and Lower Ganges
• Lower Ganges and Rainbow
• Beaver Point, North East and Stewart
• Beddis, Charlesworth and Fulford-Ganges
• Cranberry and Fulford-Ganges
• Atkins and Lower Ganges
Three of these intersections will be improved and made safer as part of the North Ganges Transportation Plan, a long planned transportation infrastructure project to improve safety and security for pedestrians and cyclists by adding bike lanes and sidewalks in the village. The project has been approved by MoT to enable CRD to start construction later this year.
The statistics appear to confirm what islanders have long suspected based on anecdotal evidence: the intersection at Central (Lower Ganges, North End, Upper Ganges and Vesuvius Bay Roads) is far and away the most dangerous intersection on Salt Spring with three times more crashes than any other location between 2000-2010. Islands Trust documents going back two decades, the Head of the local RCMP detachment, a Salt Spring Exchange petition with 703 signatures and the SSITC have all called attention to the dangerous nature of the intersection over the years. The Operations Manager of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoT), Mark Traverso, confirmed last week that a 4-way stop is to be installed at Central based on the results of a traffic count at the intersection, which was conducted by MoT last August. MainRoad, the MoT roads maintenance contractor, has ordered the stop signs which are to be in place “in the next few weeks”.
A number of recent polls on Salt Spring have all indicated that islanders would prefer a roundabout at this location as the long-term solution. The CRD Regional Director Wayne McIntyre believes that “MoT experts need to weigh in on the matter to identify the best approach.” The SSITC Chair, Donald McLennan stated “islanders have every reason to be pleased with the commitment of senior MoT officials to work with the CRD and the SSITC on improving transportation infrastructure on Salt Spring. Safety and security is a priority for the commission, and we will continue to monitor that road improvements mean safer roads for islanders."
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