To read about the District of West Kelowna's latest traffic calming projects, please see CURRENT INITIATIVES below.
PURPOSE OF TRAFFIC CALMING
As West Kelowna continues to grow, the community must manage issues related to increased traffic volumes and pattern changes.
The District of West Kelowna endeavors to address traffic issues at the development application stage. However, over time, the creation of new developments in adjacent neighbourhoods or in neighbouring jurisdictions may cause unexpected shifts in traffic flows.
In an effort to address changes in transportation patterns, the municipality may consider traffic calming as one possible option. To this end, Council has adopted a Traffic Calming Policy, which identifies means and methods of determining traffic management options in the municipality.
To view the District of West Kelowna's Traffic Calming Policy, please use the following link:
(Last updated: November 7, 2013)
A community meeting was held October 28 at Chief Tomat Elementary; and a follow up survey was conducted online from October 29 through November 4.
The purposes of the meeting and online survey were to follow up on an open house in June and an online survey in July, and present traffic calming options to residents.
The feedback will be used to create a South Boucherie Traffic Calming Plan and construct new measures in the South Boucherie area, subject to Council and budget approval.
For more information, on South Boucherie traffic calming, please contact the District of West Kelowna's Engineering Department at 778-797-8840.
A second Smith Creek neighbourhood traffic calming community meeting was held on October 2 at Shannon Lake Elementary School and an online survey was conducted from October 2 to 8, 2013:
Staff will analyse residents' feedback and draft the Smith Creek Traffic Calming Plan, which will contain recommended measures to be considered in future capital budget deliberations. Council would approve capital budget expenditures prior to construction.
On Monday June 17, 2013 at the Westbank Lions Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meeting provided general information regarding traffic calming to the 42 residents in attendance. This information was provided by way of poster boards and a formal presentation by our Traffic Engineering Consultant Mike Skene of Boulevard Transportation Group.
Feedback was requested from the area residents through several media including:
Feedback survey at the open house – 21 received at the open house;
Sticky notes on the poster board at the open house – various concerns noted; and,
Online survey for those unable to provide input at the open house – 42 online surveys completed.
Once the feedback was received it was then summarized and categorized into traffic calming and non-traffic calming related concerns (see summary table). In addition to these concerns, various residents came forward with a request to include Reece Road within the scope of the study. This request came in the form of a petition from 13 residents on Deer Ridge Court and Broadview Road.
All concerns categorized as traffic calming related are currently being investigated (including Reece Road) in order to quantify the concerns raised and gauge whether traffic-calming measures are warranted. All concerns considered non-traffic calming will be considered separately and/or forwarded for additional follow up as necessary.
On February 12, 2013, Council endorsed a staff recommendation to reduce the speed limit on Boucherie Road from 60 km/h to 50 km/h, between Highway 97 and Stuart Road, for the following reasons:
In the fall of 2013, the District of West Kelowna constructed traffic calming measures in Shannon Lake as part of the annual Road Rehabilitation and Pedestrian Improvement Programs:
Speed cushions on Auburn Road and on Shannon Ridge Drive in the vicinity of the Shannon Lake Elementary school zone; and,
Curb extensions/bump outs at Shannon Ridge Drive and Shannon Place in the vicinity of the Shannon Lake Elementary school zone.
At the March 12, 2013 meeting, Council directed staff to proceed with the implementation of traffic calming measures in the Shannon Lake neighbourhood.
The District of West Kelowna hired a consultant to conduct a traffic study, which included public consultation. Meetings with residents and documentation regarding traffic speed, intersection activity and sightlines confirmed speeding issues in the Shannon Lake area.
Traffic calming measures will be installed in six locations in the area, at an estimated total capital cost of $64,700. Measures to be undertaken include:
Speed cushions (humps);
Curb extensions; and,
How were measures determined?
From late January through early March 2013, feedback from a January 24, 2013 open house was analyzed and staff finalized plans to identify budgetary requirements for constructing calming measures.
Throughout November 2012 data was collected in order to verify traffic calming related concerns. This included site visits (monitoring), vehicle volumes, speed counts and intersection turning movements.
On October 11, 2012, the municipality hosted a community forum at Shannon Lake Elementary to:
Present “Traffic Calming 101” by Boulevard Transportation;
Present residents with proposed scope and timing as established with the neighborhood association;
Provide a forum for residents to provide feedback and identify key traffic related issues and concerns (verbal during the meeting and through a questionnaire); and,
Identify the next steps in the process.
On October 21, 2012, the District of West Kelowna concluded an input opportunity through a questionnaire.
Feedback gathered through the open house and the online questionnaire was used to identify the traffic calming issues and highlight the areas that needed to be looked at in detail to verify the concerns brought forward.
In August 2012, municipal staff met with Shannon Lake Neighborhood Association representatives to:
Confirm the proposed study area (click here
to see map);
Establish contact information between the municipality and the association; and
Establish time lines and schedules for the traffic calming review.
SPEED READER SIGNS
In August 2011, Council directed staff to work with ICBC to identify two sites for the installation of pole-mounted, electronic signage that would indicate rates of speed to passing motorists.
After consulting with ICBC it was determined that the reader boards would installed at high crash occurrence sites:
On Glenrosa Road near the intersection of Webber Road; and,
Old Okanagan Highway near the intersection of Butt Road.
Installation was completed on December 24, 2012. Required equipment testing was conducted in January in preparation for full operations starting in Winter 2013.
The District of West Kelowna thanks ICBC for providing matching funding of $8,000 to assist in the installation of the speed reader boards.
The conceptual design was created during the South Boucherie study.
Based on the available funding, a phased plan for implementation was completed.
A resident questionnaire was sent out at the end of September 2012 highlighting this plan and providing an opportunity for feedback; and,
Based on the response to that questionnaire, installation of six curb extensions proceeded in the early fall of 2012.
Throughout October 2012 a qualified contractor completed installation of six curb extensions between Ridge Boulevard and Merlot Court.
Follow up speed and volume counts will occur after installation to gauge the effectiveness of the measures installed and help determine if/when future phases would be considered.
Following the completion of Shannon Heights subdivision, a new road connection was opened. Specifically, Auburn Road/Ensign Way was connected to Shannon Lake Road via Shannon Ridge Drive.
In response to comments from local residents regarding this new road facility related to speeding and high traffic volumes, staff hired a traffic engineer, who specialized in traffic calming. The engineer collected vehicular volume and speed data between June 9 and 16, 2010 at three locations along the new connection.
Data and recommended improvements were presented to Council October 12, 2010.
At that meeting, Council directed staff to implement improvements estimated to cost $15,000. The improvements were:
On Shannon Ridge Drive:
Create 2 parking “bulbs” (curb extensions) on the curve to protect parked vehicles, reduce pedestrian crossing distances, reduce speeds and improve sightlines;
Paint a solid yellow center line leading up to, through, and out of the curve for a short distance; and,
Conduct minor trimming of vegetation to improve sightlines (as required).
At Shannon Ridge Place and Shannon Ridge Drive intersection:
Staff also advised the RCMP of the identified traffic concerns.
SOUTH MOUNT BOUCHERIE
In the South Mount Boucherie neighbourhood, the potential exists to provide additional road connections across the mountain, at Menu Rd and/or McCallum Rd. Such connections could have positive impacts such as emergency vehicle access; transit route opportunities; and, shorter, more direct drive times for some residents. The connections could also have negative impacts, such as new or increased traffic, as a result of residents using local streets as short cuts between collector routes.
The District of West Kelowna created a survey, allowing residents the opportunity to express traffic and transportation concerns in the area. Particular areas of concern were traffic volumes, road safety, public transportation, and pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
The results of the survey have been used in the development and investigation of traffic mitigation options and to provide important considerations for the future planning and design of the neighbourhood traffic system.
Documents related to the Mount Boucherie Traffic Survey are as follow:
If you have questions or comments on the District of West Kelowna's traffic calming initiatives, please contact the Engineering Services Department at: