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Pilot project near Overlanders Bridge will be made permanent

The city recently decommissioned a traffic light, closed the right lane accessing the bridge from Victoria Street West and installed a merge lane

The City of Kamloops is dubbing a recent pilot project to improve traffic flow onto Overlanders Bridge “successful” and is planning to make the change permanent.

The city recently decommissioned a traffic light, closed the right lane accessing the bridge from Victoria Street West and installed a merge lane.

The project means westbound traffic on Victoria Street West must merge into one lane when approaching the bridge, while eastbound traffic on the Summit Connector can flow onto the span without being interrupted by a traffic light.

The city’s transportation manager, Purvez Irani, said the city has received positive feedback from residents since the pilot project was launched in early April. He said it has cut down on commute times over the bridge.

“It’s been pretty accurate, with what our traffic model told us,” Irani said. “Absolutely successful.”

Irani said analysis of the project has been completed and the city is now waiting for a contractor to implement detailed design drawings.

Lane markings, concrete barriers and signage will be needed to make the change permanent.

“By the beginning of June, we are trying to have that lane configuration permanent,” Irani said. “In the future, we’ll see how it performs and if there is any other future projects that we need to plan for.”

Irani said the city is working constantly on traffic optimization projects. He said the next area to be analyzed is Hillside Drive near Aberdeen Mall, toward Canadian Tire.

“In the near future, we will make the signal timing adjustments,” he said.