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Safety surfacing coming to high-crash B.C. roads

Coating coming to 14 sites in Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island
Bauxite aggregate surfacing is used for bicycle lanes in Sammamish, WA. The high-friction surfacing treatment is being applied to ramps and intersections in B.C. (DBI Services)

A new high-friction road coating is being applied to accident-prone sections of roads in southwestern B.C., to make them safer and cut down on B.C.’s rising vehicle accident rate.

The surfacing treatment has been successfully used in the United States, and has been selected for use at 14 intersections and off-ramps identified by ICBC. The coating is expected to shorten stopping distances and reduce rear-end collisions, which spike each fall as wet conditions return.

Bauxite aggregate is applied to the pavement on top of a resin polymer coating that the manufacturer says is resistant to traffic wear and snowplowing. Tests show shorter stopping distances on the surface compared to ordinary pavement, as well as improved traction on hills, curves, ramps and bridge decks.

Work on the sites is beginning this week, using specialized trucks that apply the resin and aggregate in a single operation, the B.C. transportation ministry says. Work is expected to be done by the end of the month at the following locations:

* Highway 1 - Capilano Road off-ramp (westbound) in North Vancouver

* Highway 1 - Lonsdale Avenue off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in North Vancouver

* Highway 1 - Willingdon Avenue off-ramp (eastbound) in Burnaby

* Highway 1 - Brunette Avenue off-ramp (eastbound/westbound) in Coquitlam

* Highway 7 - 203 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge

* Highway 7 - 207 Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge

* Highway 7 - Kennedy Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Pitt Meadows

* Highway 7 - Laity Street intersection (eastbound) in Maple Ridge

* Highway 10 - 120 Street/Scott Road intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey

* Highway 10 - 176 Street intersection (eastbound/westbound) in Surrey

* Highway 17 - Cloverdale Avenue intersection (southbound) in Saanich

* Highway 17 - Elk Lake Drive intersection (northbound/southbound) in Saanich

* Highway 17 - Sayward Road intersection (northbound) in Saanich

* Highway 17 - Mt. Newton Cross Road intersection (northbound/southbound) in Central Saanich


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