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City aims to slow traffic down on Ladner roadway

The City of Delta has recently procured portable speed reader boards to help slow traffic down on roadways
admiral boulevard traffic and parking concerns
The engineering department earlier this year installed speed cushions within the 30 km/h school zone on Admiral Boulevard. Vehicles with boat trailers were also restricted from parking on the south side of Admiral Way between Ferry Road and Admiral Boulevard.

A portable speed reader board will be set up on Admiral Boulevard.

Council last week approved the recommendation in a report reviewing recently installed traffic and on-street parking improvements.

The speed reader board on Admiral Boulevard in the southbound direction within the school zone area.

Council had earlier directed staff to report back on the effectiveness of the installed speed cushions within the school zone area on Admiral Boulevard and the on-street parking restrictions on Admiral Way.

Staff were also requested to review whether additional traffic calming measures are warranted outside of the school zone area at Neilson Grove Elementary.

A report to council notes that in comparing the October 2020 and 2021 traffic speeds, the findings indicate that the speed cushions have been effective in decreasing the overall travel speeds.

The southbound direction, however, showed slightly higher speeds compared to the northbound direction, the report notes.

To address the lower compliance with the school zone speed limit in the southbound direction, a portable roadside mounted speed reader board was recommended.

Staff proposed installing the portable speed reader board along southbound Admiral Boulevard at Admiral Lane on a rotational basis.

Traffic data was also collected outside the school zone, just north of Cove Link Road along Admiral Boulevard, the report notes, adding that due to the high compliance with the posted speed limit, additional traffic calming outside the school zone on Admiral Boulevard is not warranted.

As far as the on-street parking improvements within the neighbourhood, vehicles with wide boat trailers are now restricted from parking on the south side of Admiral Way, between Ferry Road and Admiral Boulevard.

Parking restrictions were implemented to prevent parked boat trailers from encroaching the eastbound travel lane and impeding emergency vehicle access.

Residents living in the Marina Gardens neighbourhood had conveyed concerns about an increase in traffic volume and speeds.

Last year, at the request of residents and the school’s parent advisory committee, a number of mitigation measures were implemented to enhance traffic and pedestrian safety along Admiral Boulevard fronting the school, including an advanced pedestrian walk signal at the intersection of Admiral Boulevard and River Road.

The school zone north of Admiral Lane was extended to slow southbound traffic approaching the raised pedestrian crosswalk at Commodore Drive, while a median fence was installed along Admiral Boulevard.

Following the implementation of those traffic and pedestrian safety improvements in 2020, residents continued to raise concerns about traffic volumes and speeds along Admiral Boulevard, prompting additional measures.

The city is also planning to design a full traffic signal at the intersection of Ferry Road and River Road.