Highway 1 - Balmoral Road Intersection Safety Improvements

Trans-Canada Highway 1 is a critical link for the communities it serves, and plays a key role in British Columbia’s economy. The section of Highway 1 that intersects Balmoral Road connects the communities of Sorrento and Salmon Arm. It serves a wide range of user groups in the Shuswap and the community of Blind Bay, including residential developments, local businesses, highway traffic, industrial traffic, commercial sites, tourism and recreational sites.
 

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The Highway 1 - Balmoral Road intersection currently consists of an undivided high-speed, four-lane highway with full movement access to and from Balmoral Road. The Balmoral Road intersection has been identified as a collision prone location due to the high-speed nature and the severity of the predominant collision type (high-speed T-bone).

This project is part of the Province’s commitment to improve transportation safety, and specifically includes the following

  • Access management improvements to the Highway 1 - Balmoral Road Intersection using raised median curbing;
  • Delineation of Highway 1 adjacent to the Balmoral Road intersection through the installation of concrete median barrier;
  • Enhanced guide signs directing traffic to alternate Highway 1 access.

Status:

Currently in design and option selection phase in preparation for construction in fall 2019.

Project Benefits:

Reduce the frequency and severity of collisions by:

  • Controlling highway access from Balmoral Road onto Highway 1
  • Delineation of eastbound and westbound travel lanes on Highway 1

Provide safe, efficient and reliable highway access by:

  • Requiring certain movements to access Highway 1 via a grade separated option

 

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Events

 An open house was held on June 26, 2019 in Blind Bay to provide an opportunity for the community to provide input on the two design options.