Lost Lake Road Traffic Calming

What's New? 

The conceptual plan is now ready for your comments and we invite your feedback! You can find the sketch under the Documents tab here

Your responses to the neighbourhood survey told us you support speed humps so they are included. We also propose raised crosswalks at locations where pedestrians cross on a regular basis. The raised crosswalks are intended to connect the existing pedestrian paths to each other, and, to support a comfortable walking network. The speed humps and raised crosswalks are spaced evenly and frequently. This was done to help drivers maintain a constant, reasonable speed.

In addition to speed humps and raised crosswalks, we are proposing concrete barriers on the centerline. These will be medium-sized objects placed periodically similar to the curbs used on Departure Bay Road this summer, or at the permanent installation at Jackson Point Road. Driveways and side roads will be kept open as they are now. Pictures of options will be posted shortly.

These median island treatments will create the visual appearance of narrowed lanes. Median island treatments have been proven to slow down traffic in traffic safety research.  This combination of traffic calming devices, located regularly along the road, will achieve your desired change in driver behaviour.

Please send us your feedback soon at lostlakeroadfeedback@nanaimo.ca. This will help us complete the design and move onto the construction phase. We would like to get started before the end of December if possible.



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Do you have questions? Would you like to share your thoughts?
Please contact us!

By email: lostlakeroadfeedback@nanaimo.ca
By phone: 250-755-4460 Ext 4230
By mail: Engineering Department, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5J6

  • Progress

    When are things happening?  

    The concept plan is available for viewing. The sketch can be found under the Documents tab here. We encourage you to send your comments by email to lostlakeroadfeedback@nanaimo.ca. We hope to begin work before Christmas so please send comments soon. 

    The anticipated schedule is:

    December 2020: finalize design and being construction

    Once you have offered your thoughts and input, the design will be finalized and construction will get underway.

    Winter 2020 - 2021 : construction

    Construction will take place during the winter and is weather dependent. Some features, like concrete median barrier installation, can happen regardless of rain. Other portions like line painting must wait for dry weather. We will keep you up to date as the schedule progresses. 

    Summer 2021: monitoring

    We will monitor the results of the traffic calming and continue to take input from citizens. Adjustments will be made if they are found to be needed.


  • Documents
  • Details

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the study area?

    Here is a link to an outline of the study area: Lost Lake Road Study Area

    What are the objectives of traffic calming?

    The objectives of the Lost Lake 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.

    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 2020, city staff examined the opportunities to build sidewalks on Lost Lake 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. Looking to the future, sidewalks will likely emerge as development happens. 

    What will the speed humps and raised crosswalks look like?

    The speed humps and crosswalks will be raised table-like features, with a ramp up and down, and a flat surface of 2 to 3 metres wide. Similar examples of raised crosswalks can be seen and experienced on Nelson 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 Lost Lake Road are owned by BC Hydro and will be updated in 2021. No new lights are planned as part of the traffic calming. 

    What will the concrete median barriers look like?

    Staff are considered a few options. So far, the front runner is a planter which would have signs attached to it to give awareness of its presence. If concrete planters are chosen, they would be installed without greenery. Actual plantings would be considered at a later date.

  • Background


    Speeding, walking, and biking issues have been a concern along Lost Lake Road for many years. This is a road that was built to a rural mountainous standard long before being incorporated into the City, and as such, does not meet current expectations for mobility. Numerous requests from residents to install traffic calming generated this traffic calming project in order to moderate traffic speeds.

    The City considers traffic calming on neighbourhood streets where:  traffic speeds and volumes are high, neighbourhood streets are being used to shortcut between major roads, transit buses are not operating, and there is neighbourhood support for traffic calming.

    To better understand existing traffic conditions, several traffic studies on Lost Lake Road have been conducted.  These studies confirmed that speeds are high; the 85th percentile speed is our engineering benchmark and was measured at 66 km/h. This is substantially above the posted speed limit of 50 km/h.

    Based on existing traffic conditions, speed humps are considered an effective strategy for moderating speeds. Several other measures are also being considered, including chokers and traffic circles. Speed humps in combination with these additional measures are anticipated to moderate speeds within the fastest parts of Lost Lake Road while seeking to minimize inconvenience for legitimate road users using Lost Lake Road to access their neighbourhood.

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