City programs aims to slow Springfield Road speeders

Kelowna is teaming up with the RCMP and ICBC to try and curb the number of collisions on Springfield Road.

Kelowna city hall l is trying to put the breaks on Springfield Road speeders with the launch of its new Green Wave initiative.

Motorists will see speed reader boards, speed limits painted on the road and traffic signs starting Wednesday as the initiative officially rolls out.

Together with ICBC and the RCMP, the city is continuing to improve road safety on Springfield Road from Rutland Road South to Durnin Road using engineering, education and enforcement as tools to improve road safety. The move comes after statistics show that despite earlier efforts, the number of collisions on the road continues to climb.

“The Green Wave is an initiative that rewards motorists who adhere to the speed limit with green lights during morning westbound and evening eastbound peak travel times,” says Fred Wollin, Kelowna’s traffic operations supervisor.

The signal timings affect intersections from Ziprick to Hollywood roads.

“It’s anticipated motorists will adjust their travelling behaviour if they realize they’ll be speeding only to be faced with a red light,” added Wollin.

For those who live near, and travel on, this traffic corridor every day, Springfield Road has been a focus of safety and operation improvements over the past five years to reduce speed and collisions along the corridor. But this efforts appear to have failed. So the city is stepping up its “3E” program, focussing on education, enforcement and engineering.

“We’re pleased to be a partner in this initiative to help keep drivers along Springfield Road safe,” said Sonny Senghera, ICBC road safety manager. “Speeding is the leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. and when combined with the poor weather conditions at this time of year, dramatically increases your risk of crashing. Slow down and allow extra travel time so you get home safely.”

On average, there are 63 crashes a year on Springfield Road (based on 2008 – 2011 data) many of these crashes are speed-related. “We will be implementing continued enforcement along Springfield Road, which will coincide with both engineering and education initiatives to increase the safety of that particular corridor,” says Const. Kris Clark, media relations officer for the Kelowna RCMP.

To learn more about the initiative, visit kelowna.ca.

Just Posted

Big White to send off Olympians in style

Okanagan ski resort picked as location for official send-off of Canada’s 2018 Winter Olympic team

Flames ruin birthday in Lake Country

Fire crews were called to a home in Lake Country, Sunday night

Kelowna airport hosts accessibility event

Canucks Autism Network event brings families together to help deal with air travel

B.C.’s minimum wage in the spotlight in Kelowna Tuesday

The Fair Wages Commission will hold a hearing to gather public input

Dogs in the classroom

Therapy dogs help young students learn in the Okanagan

Heavy snowfall expected on Coquihalla

Snow forecast for mountain highways

ICBC overbilling not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

Last day for shoeboxes at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship

Kelowna church has been gathering gifts for kids in need in countries around the world

B.C. sport groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Stampeders return to Grey Cup with 32-28 win over Edmonton Eskimos

The Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts next Sunday in Ottawa for the title

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour to roll into Kelowna

Monster Trucks at Prospera Place on Jan. 13-14, 2018.

Nebraska approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a close vote

Hard of Hearing group to lobby for better services

Kelowna group says public buildings in Kelowna and the Okanagan should be better equipped

Most Read