Four intersections along Highway 17 in Saanich will be resurfaced in the province’s effort to reduce collisions and ICBC insurance claim costs.
The transportation and infrastructure ministry says the locations on Highway 17 that will see high-friction surface treatment (HFST) include the Elk Lake Drive, Sayward Road and Mt. Newton Cross Road intersections, as well as the southbound lane at Cloverdale Avenue.
These intersections were identified by the province and ICBC as high collision locations that would benefit from the application of HFST.
The province says the $3.9 million project, which includes other intersections and interchange offramps on the lower mainland, will begin this week and expected to be done by the end of the month.
HFST applies a very high-quality aggregate to the pavement using a polymer binder and is used to restore and/or maintain pavement friction at high crash areas.
The better friction gives drivers come to a stop more quickly and have control in dry and wet conditions.
In 2017, ICBC said there was a total of 350,000 crashes on B.C. roads, with 46,000 crashes on Vancouver Island.
ICBC’s interim vice-president responsible for road safety Lindsay Matthews said the total cost claims in B.C. was $4.8 billion last year, or $13 million every day.