Frequently Asked Questions
What are the objectives of traffic calming?
The objectives of the Extension Road Traffic Calming project are to create a safe community and to increase the livability of this neighbourhood for residents. Traffic calming effectively addresses traffic problems in a way that is cost-effective, self-enforcing, and compatible with the existing road network.
How many concepts will be prepared?
One concept plan will be prepared using feedback gathered during the public consultation phase. See the document tab to see how the conceptual plan developed based on feedback received.
How much does the project cost?
Once the concept plan is complete, a cost estimate will be created. Funding for the construction will come from available sources within current budgets.
What about emergency services? How will Fire and Ambulance be affected?
Emergency service providers have been consulted and agree with the proposed project. Improving road safety reduces the likelihood of serious vehicle crashes which in turn reduces the need for emergency services.
Will sidewalks be included?
Early in 2021, city staff examined the opportunities to build sidewalks on Extension Road. The review confirmed there is limited right-of-way, ditches, and steep slopes. Unfortunately, these factors made it very costly to build sidewalks at this time so sidewalks are not included in the traffic calming plan. Building sidewalks is most cost effective when other capital works are being carried out. Looking to the future, sidewalks will likely emerge as development happens and as the City carries out capital projects for utilities upgrades.
What will the raised crosswalks look like?
If a raised crosswalk is installed, it would have table-like features, with a ramp up and down, and a flat surface of 3 metres wide. It will have signs and pavement markings to show drivers where it is. Similar examples of raised crosswalks can be seen and experienced on Nelson Road and Lost Lake Road.
Will the crosswalks have flashing warning lights?
The crosswalks will first be installed with signs and pavement markings, and then monitored for safety and operational performance. If safety issues arise at a specific location, the crossing would be evaluated as part of the annual crosswalk enhancement program. If warranted, flashing warning lights would be installed as funding and priorities allowed.
Will additional street lights be installed?
The street lights on Extension Road are mostly owned by BC Hydro with a few owned by the City, and the BC Hydro ones have been upgraded to LED street lights. No new lights are planned as part of the traffic calming.
What will the concrete median barriers and road narrowing look like?
See the “Extension Road Full Conceptual Design” under the Documents tab for more details.