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Major traffic calming project coming for Delta's school zones

The school zone traffic calming project is to be completed by Aug. 30, 2024
Every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In playground zones, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect every day from dawn to dusk. Sandor Gyarmati photo

The City of Delta has issued a request for bids for the construction of large-scale school zone traffic calming project.

The work will include, among other measures, installing speed humps, raised crosswalks and driver feedback signs in school zones throughout North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen.

In total, 37 individual features will be added to streets fronting schools.

In a presentation to council last month, Engineering Director Steven Lan outlined a number a measures his department may explore as it looks to create a new approach to implement neighbourhood traffic calming.

The approach will be based on neighbourhood engagement, rather than individual complaints, he explained.

Lan also noted current speed limits may not meet neighbourhod expectations, so a lower speed limit on streets may have to be considered.

Lan said the information that will be gathered in upcoming community engagement will be insightful and help the city in come up with a new plan.

During council’s more recent discussion last week on a pair of neighborhoods traffic calming projects, Lan reiterated the city may look at new speed limits. He added the city may also have to look at creative traffic calming measures used in other jurisdictions.