Lost Lake Road Traffic Calming

What's New? 

The City of Nanaimo has received numerous requests from residents to install traffic calming on Lost Lake Road to moderate traffic speeds. The public has expressed deep concern that speeding traffic jeopardizes the safety of pedestrians and cyclists who use the shoulders of the road, and other drivers. 

The City considers traffic calming on neighbourhood streets where traffic speeds and volumes are high, streets are being used to shortcut between major roads, transit buses are not operating and when there is neighbourhood support.To better understand existing traffic conditions, several traffic studies on Lost Lake Road have been conducted.  These studies confirmed that speeds are high, according to engineering benchmarks. On Lost Lake Road, it was measured at 66 km/h which is substantially above the posted speed limit of 50 km/h.

The traffic calming project is looking at the entirety of Lost Lake Road. The blue outline in the image below shows the study area.

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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?  

    Public consultation currently underway. Summary of feedback is being prepared and will be posted here in late August. The public feedback will inform decisions on what traffic calming features will be used. The anticipated schedule is:

    September - October: conceptual design

    The conceptual design will be shared with residents for their comments. Once residents have offered their thoughts and input, the design will be finalized. 

    Winter 2020 - 2021 : construction

    Construction will take place during the winter and is weather dependent. Some features, like sign installation, can happen regardless of rain. Other portions like line painting must wait for dry weather.  

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  • 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. 

     

  • Background

    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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