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Traffic calming, safety on Delta group's agenda

The committee discusses a variety of traffic safety concerns raised by residents
The intersection at Nicholson Road at Chateau Wynd is within a residential area with single-family homes on side and a condo and townhouse complex on the other.

Safety improvements are coming at a busy Delta roadway.

The city’s Transportation Advisory Committee recently discussed several traffic safety concerns brought forward by residents including a request for calming measures on Nicholson Road at Chateau Wynd in North Delta.

The issue had been brought forward from residents following a public hearing for a mixed-use commercial apartment project nearby on Scott Road at 70 Avenue, which had been approved. Residents conveyed concerns about speeding vehicles.

Staff noted data was collected in the area and it was determined that a raised pedestrian crosswalk with flashing lights would be beneficial. As a result, the project is included in the city’s capital budget. The cost is approximately $200,000.

The city has applied for grant funding and following a decision, construction is anticipated in 2024.

Deputy Police Chief Harj Sidhu provided the committee further information on data collected in the neighbourhood and advised that the Delta Police Department also requested that the city install curb extensions to restrict passing on the right, and that will be included in the crosswalk upgrade.

Meanwhile, among the issues discussed by the committee was a request for traffic calming measures on five streets around Cromie Park in Ladner, where the Ladner Minor Baseball Association is proposing to add an indoor training facility. Concerns were conveyed by some residents about increased traffic and speeding through the neighbourhood with the addition of the facility.

Public consultation had been undertaken on proposed traffic calming measures, but it was decided, due a low survey response, to notify residents that the city is not proceeding at this time.

It was noted, however, that it may be valuable to revisit the process following a decision on the new facility, as traffic concerns may be related.

Among the other issues was a petition by residents who submitted a petition requesting speed humps on 116A Street, 83A Avenue, 83 Avenue, 82B Avenue and 82A Avenue. Staff acknowledged that due to the roadworks by Metro Vancouver and TransLink along Scott Road, vehicles had been temporarily detoured to 116A Streets. Once the works were completed and traffic patterns normalized, staff anticipate a decrease in traffic along the secondary routes.