Traffic Calming

Project: Traffic Calming at Shoreline/Lakehill Intersection:

Project Summary: The installation of a bus bay at the intersection of Shoreline/ Lake Hill Drive with the installation of road flares (bulges) going down toward the crosswalk. This will shorten the cross walk from 11 to 7 meters. Signs will also go up warning about the cross walk and the bus stop. The cross walk at the top of Lake Hill Drive will be raised and rumble strips will be installed at the bottom of Lake Hill Drive.

Current Status: Currently Tendering

Date of Completion: No later than August 15th

Project: Alternative Exit from The Lakes:

Project Summary: Engineering and Development services for The District of Lake Country are working together to determine how best to accomplish a second access including intended function (emergency vs. open passageway). Important considerations include: proper design to avoid commuters short cutting through The Lakes as well as the cost ramification associated with building and maintaining new roadways.

Current Status: Currently under investigation by Engineering and Development Services for The District of Lake Country

Date of Completion: TBA

Project: Safety at the Intersection of Oceola and Lakehill Drive:

Project Summary: Numerous accidents (including two fatalities) have occurred at the intersection of Oceola and Lakehill Drive – primarily as a result of poor visibility, winter driving conditions and excess speed. Alternatives to the current intersection layout are being investigated by The District of Lake Country.

Current Status: Urban Systems was hired by The District to assess the Oceola Road and Lake Hill Drive intersection and provide recommendations for potential safety improvements that could be implemented complete with capital cost estimates.

Date of Completion: TBA

Timeline of Events Leading to These Projects:

November 23rd, 2009:

At the First Annual General Meeting for The Lakes Community Association the issues associated with traffic calming and safety are identified by the community members as an area that should be addressed by the community association.

August 14th, 2010:

The Community Association is introduced to Aaron Knight and Carolyn Gibson, community members who have been pioneering work in the community regarding safety and traffic calming measures. To date, Aaron and Carolyn have contacted the District of Lake Country and started a petition in the Lakes Community regarding traffic calming measures on Lake Hill Drive. The Community Association asked Carolyn to please continue spear-heading this front as a representative of The Lakes Community Association.

October 7th, 2010:

Carolyn Gibson initiated a meeting with Bill Scarrow (Lake Country councilor), Alberto De Feo (Chief Administrative Officer at District of Lake Country), Micheal Mercer (Director of Engineering at District of Lake Country), James Baker (Mayor of Lake Country) and Greg Buchholz (Operations Manager for the District of Lake Country) to discuss the installation of traffic calming measures on Lake Hill Drive, possible alternatives to avoid further fatalities at the  intersection of Oceola and Lake Hill Drive as well as the creation of an alternative access in and out of The Lakes in the event of an emergency.

During the meeting, Bill Scarrow agreed that these are all valid safety issues that need to be addressed by the District. Bill suggested that the Lake Country Council discuss the viability of creating an alternative access road into and out of The Lakes in case of an emergency, possibly to tie in with the new highway construction.

In the meantime, Bill asked Carolyn to put together a collection of personal experiences from the residents that illustrate how the speeding has made our community unsafe.

Carolyn returned to The Lakes and canvassed the community and the The Lakes Community Association e-mailed all of our contacts asking for personal stories of why the District of Lake Country should consider installing traffic calming measures. Carolyn then complied all of these stories, including at least two separate incidents at the intersection of Oceola Rd. and Lake Hill Dr. that have resulted in fatalities, and returned them to Bill Scarrow.

October 14th, 2010:

Another meeting with Bill Scarrow (Lake Country councilor), Alberto De Feo (Chief Administrative Officer at District of Lake Country) and Micheal Mercer (Director of Engineering at District of Lake Country). The meeting went very well and the District left with the intention of starting the investigation of a possible traffic circle at the intersection of Lake Hill Drive and Shoreline, raising the existing cross walk as well as the installation of Fog Lines down the side of Lake Hill Drive and rumble strips at the bottom.

Nov 8th, 2010:

William Arndt (District of Lake Country Roads Foreman) and Greg Buchholz (Operations Manager for the District of Lake Country) reviewed the idea of putting in a traffic circle at the Lake Hill and Shoreline Drive intersections with traffic design experts from Urban Systems who advised against it. The decision came about after reviewing the steep approach on Lake Hill Drive which constitutes a safety hazard for vehicles when considering a turning circle during winter driving conditions.  Other (and better) alternatives were discussed during the site visit including the use of traffic flares (bulges) at the intersection.

Currently, the District is awaiting a proposal from Forrest Klotzbach, P. Eng. of Urban Systems to address safety issues within a full street scape context.  The District’s goal is to provide good cost effective long term solutions that safeguard all users with the prime goal of creating a crossing for children to safely use unsupervised.

At this time Urban Systems was also asked to assess the Oceola Road and Lake Hill Drive intersection and provide recommendations for potential safety improvements that could be implemented complete with capital cost estimates. In the meantime, William Arndt  is going to erect a crosswalk and bus stop sign on Lake Hill Drive.

November 8th, 2010:

After a discussion with the District Carolyn’s update was that it was now looking like the project will consist of a bus bay at the top of the Lake Hill Drive with road flares going down toward the crosswalk. This will shorten the crosswalk from 11 to 7 meters. Signs will also go up warning about the crosswalk and the bus stop. The crosswalk will be raised and rumble strips will still go in at the bottom of the hill.

Now because the road flares and bus bay cost more than a traffic circle, the District will have to go to council to get approval. Likely the project will be completed sometime in the first half of 2011.

Regarding the intersection of Lake Hill Drive and Oceola – The District is still doing an assessment and the timeline depends on the nature of the solution. Possible solutions include removing the hill on the approach to Lake Hill Drive from Oceola, flashing amber lights, a four way stop or a traffic circle. No timeline has been set as further investigation is needed.

April 20th, 2011:

News comes through from Greg Buchholz (Operations Manager for The District of Lake Country) that they have budget allocated for this year to do traffic calming at the Shoreline/Lake Hill Drive intersection. The design is complete and the District is now in the process of tendering the project.

June 7th, 2011:

The District is tendering the Shoreline/Lake Hill intersection traffic calming project right now. In fact, the pre-tender site meeting with interested contractors happened yesterday morning. The District has included scheduling requirements in the tender that require the successful contractor to complete the project no later than August 15th. Further, the contract provides a two week window within which to perform the work once started. In this manner, the District avoids a prolonged construction period where the roadway is under construction and also allows the contractors to schedule work around other commitments so as to obtain competitive pricing.

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5 Responses to Traffic Calming

  1. ellen says:

    I think a round about (circle) would be most effective/safest at the bottom of Lake Hill and Oceola.
    Very popular in Europe and works great.

    • Ellen,

      I completely agree as I am also a big fan of traffic circles. I think they offer a much better traffic flow than a four-way stop while at the same time controlling the intersection and slowing everyone down.
      The intersection is currently being assessed by Urban Systems who will be compiling a report for the District regarding their recommendations for the intersection. I believe a traffic circle is one of those options they are currently looking at. Please check back regularly on the website (under Community Safety – Traffic Calming) as we will be posting any updates as soon as we receive them.
      In the mean time everyone take extra caution at this intersection. We have had quite a few accidents here due to reduced visibility and excess speed. So please take it easy when entering and exiting the community.

      Colin

  2. Jen says:

    I am very glad to see that there is plans for an alternate entry/exit to the Lakes. With the recent fires, it makes one think what would happen if our community had an emergency evacuation with only one main artery to exit from. I can’t imagine!

    I also think we need to address the speed in which people come and go up Lake Hill. We live on Lake Breeze Court and I can’t tell you how often we see (and hear) people flying up and down that hill. If you want to cross the street to get to the sidewalk you had better be ready to run as the vehicles come flying around that corner so fast you don’t have much time. In a community built around families, I can’t believe that some of these speeders are parents with children in the back. Maybe a speed bump or 2 would slow people down. Remember – the speed limit is 50! I have been going down the hill doing close to 60 with someone hot on my tail or even pass – just to hurry up and stop at the bottom.

    Let’s slow down and watch out for community.

  3. Laurence says:

    They have ‘Traffic Calming speed bumps on Okanagan Center west, why can they place some on the lane adjacent to Lake hill drive as well.

  4. Dusty says:

    A traffic circle (round about) is one of the safest means of moving traffic through an intersection. I am happy to see Lake Country is considering this option at the intersection of Oceola and Lake Hill road. It would serve the community and residents in Carrs Landing, Okanagan Center and the Lakes subdivision well.

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