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 Balmoral Road intersection was identified as a collision-prone location, mostly due to traffic turning left onto the highway or crossing it, resulting in predominantly high-speed T-bone collisions. In fall 2019, the ministry reconfigured the intersection to improve safety by allowing only right turn-in, right turn-out and left turn-in movements on the highway, with a protected left turn bay. Drivers on Balmoral Road wanting to cross the highway, or turn left onto the highway, are required to use the existing nearby underpass.

Status:

The reconfiguration improvements were constructed in fall 2019.

Additional signage will be installed to clearly guide traffic using the route.

Temporary line markings are in place, with permanent markings to be applied in spring 2020.

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 the existing side roads and underpass.

 

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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.