A plan is in the works to make it easier for buses to get through a busy Ladner intersection.
The City of Delta has issued a request for proposal for a traffic consultant to conduct a bus speed and reliability study at the intersection of Harvest Drive and Ladner Trunk Road.
The consultant is to review possible improvements to improve traffic flow through the intersection, particularly for transit vehicles, provide high level cost estimates for each improvement option and a cost-benefit analysis for each option.
According to the city, the Ladner Exchange is served by 15-to-25 buses each hour in each direction but those buses experience significant delays on Harvest Drive and Ladner Trunk Road, especially at the intersection.
Delta’s Official Community Plan identifies the need for fast, direct public transit service from Ladner to other Delta communities and possible improvements at the intersection.
Those potential improvements include a dual left turn from westbound Ladner Trunk Road to southbound Harvest Drive, a dual right turn from northbound Harvest Drive to Ladner Trunk Road and widening Ladner Trunk Road to three lanes between Harvest Drive and Highway 17A.
Widened roads or intersections could be for general purpose traffic or dedicated for buses, the city notes.
Delta received $70,000 in funding through TransLink’s Bus Speed and Reliability Program for options development and concept design.
A draft of the study is to be completed by the end of this year.