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ICBC invests $155K in Burnaby road projects

ICBC invested almost $155,000 into projects to improve the safety of roads in Burnaby last year.

The eight Burnaby projects include $51,400 towards the widening the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Canada Way to allow for dual left- and right-turn lanes and an upgrade to the pedestrian crosswalk at Kingsway and Olive Avenue ($35,000).

Two projects each got $10,000: curb extensions for traffic calming at Winston Street and Lozells Avenue and realignment of the intersection with curb bulges and new crosswalks at Cambridge Street and Gamma Avenue.

The installation of curb extensions at Glenwood elementary school at Marine Drive and Gilley Avenue, and a new pedestrian crosswalk at Pandora Street and Willingdon Avenue each received $5,000.

ICBC also contributed $23,500 towards the upgrading of stop signs at 429 Burnaby locations. The new signs have are highly reflective with a clear-view font.

And it funded $15,000 of the costs of installing curb extensions on Albert Street, at Gilmore, Willingdon and Gamma avenues.

The money is part of the $4.3 million invested in the Lower Mainland in 2013. The funding is through its road improvement program which has provided about $120 million in funding for projects since its launch in 1990.

“Everyone benefits from road improvements–from drivers to pedestrians–because safer roads mean fewer crashes, which also translates into lower claim costs,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road safety. “We’ll continue to invest in road safety initiatives that help us keep rates as low as possible.”

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