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How Constructive Public Consultation can Lead to a Successful Project: The Ioco Road Corridor Safety Improvements Study


Ioco Road is one of the major east-west roadways in the City of Port Moody, British Columbia. Many residential driveways and side streets are found along the fourkilometre two-lane, two-way road. The road also provides a key connection for the Villages of Belcarra and Anmore. These two villages, including the Buntzen Lake recreational area, attract numerous visitors throughout the year with a number of hiking, biking and horse trails scattered in the area, as well as being a favourite spot for picnics, swimming, canoeing and fishing. The highest traffic volumes along Ioco Road were recorded during the summer long weekends when uses of the Port Moody waterfront and nearby regional parks are at the highest levels. Ioco Road is a windy road with several horizontal and vertical curves, however, recorded vehicle speeds are generally much higher than the posted speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour. Many residents questioned safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles using the corridor. Road improvement measures were proposed and reviewed in the previous studies. However, considering the combination of local traffic and through traffic on the road corridor, the selection of safety improvements and traffic calming measures in different road sections was challenging and required significant consultation with local residents. The City of Port Moody awarded ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. the transportation and highway engineering assignment for performing a traffic and safety analysis, evaluating the improvement options and preparing functional designs for recommended strategies/measures. This presentation describes the development of the safety review analysis and preferred functional design for traffic calming measures along the Ioco Road Corridor. Another focus of the presentation will be describing the different public consultation methods utilized for this project, which included: Open House; Public Workshop; Town Hall meeting; Transportation Safety Committee Meeting; and, Council Meetings.  

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Borg Chan
Jeff Moi
Road safety