West Kelowna gets first speed reader signs

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Two West Kelowna intersections now have speed readers as part of the city's effort to calm traffic in busy, accident prone areas.

Council worked with ICBC in order to determine which areas would benefit most from traffic calming measures. The solar-powered speed display signs have been installed and tested at Glenrosa Avenue southbound, north of Webber Road and on Old Okanagan Highway southbound, north of Quince Road and will be officially activated this week.

"Curb extensions were placed on Vinyard Drive in the fall to slow motorists who were using the local street as a short cut over Mount Boucherie," says Mayor Doug Findlater. "And, this winter, the installation of speed reader boards serves as another strong indication of Council's ongoing commitment to improve traffic safety in West Kelowna."

The reader board collects data to measure their ongoing effectiveness. West Kelowna may consider asking RCMP to set up radar down from the speed reader boards to further enforce the speed limit.

Funding for the signs were a 50/50 joint venture between the city and ICBC. Each sign is valued at more than $14,000.

Dan Albas, member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla.
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