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Tsawwassen intersection to be made safer

The Transportation Technical Committee meets monthly to discuss with engineering staff traffic safety concerns raised by residents and police.
52 street at saratoga drive tsawwassen
The intersection of Saratoga Drive and 52 Street.

The city is making changes at a Tsawwassen intersection following concerns by Delta police.

At a recent meeting of the Transportation Technical Committee, it was noted police raised an issue of vehicles using the bike lane to illegally pass vehicles on the right at the intersection of Saratoga Drive and 52 Street where a marked pedestrian crosswalk is located.

The committee was told the engineering department would install upright delineators at the location to prevent vehicles from passing at that crosswalk

The committee also discussed a number of traffic-related concerns raised by residents including one who complained to Delta Police about excessive speeding along 64 Avenue between 120 Street and Fire Hall 5 in North Delta.

Police were to follow up with the resident and conduct targeted traffic enforcement along that stretch of 64 Avenue.

Committee members also discussed correspondence about vehicles not stopping for pedestrians at the existing marked crosswalk on 6 Avenue at Gilchrist Drive.

Engineering staff would follow-up by reviewing whether a pedestrian crossing control is warranted along the 6 Avenue corridor and collect updated traffic volumes in order to identify pedestrian crosswalk safety improvements.

The committee also discussed concerns raised about traffic speeds along 96 Avenue at 114 Street. 

Due to the closure of 96 Avenue for a Metro Vancouver watermain project, additional traffic may have diverted to the intersection, according to staff, who noted police will conduct targeted traffic enforcement.

The committee also discussed concerns raised by a resident about an accident involving a vehicle and bicycle and requesting separated bike lanes throughout the city.

The engineering department noted the city is working on a new cycling master plan that will outline strategies and recommend new infrastructure.

That plan is currently being finalized.

Meanwhile, as the committee continues to look at concerns raised at various Delta roadways and intersection to see whether changes are needed, the City of Delta is also undertaking a Vision Zero study, aimed at creating a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries.

Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a road system with no fatalities or serious injuries.

One of the key differences between Vision Zero and traditional approaches to road safety is that traffic collisions are considered preventable, viewing safety as a shared responsibility between system designers, policy makers and road users through system level changes.

The implementation of Vision Zero includes public education, targeted enforcement and further engineering.