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Recommendations & Actions to Help Reduce Traffic Congestion Issues on Annacis Island

Feb 24, 2016

On Monday, February 22, 2016, Delta Council endorsed a report presented by our Chief Administrative Officer, George Harvie, outlining Delta’s recommendations and actions to help reduce traffic congestion on the Island. These include:

  • Allocating $130,000 from the Council Contingency for additional Delta Police enforcement on Annacis Island, Monday to Friday, 3pm–6pm, for up to one year.
  • Mayor Jackson, along with Scott Hamilton, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Delta-North, to meet with the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, to request the implementation of the southbound right-turn restriction on Highway 91 and to review the Province’s tolling policy.
  • Amend Delta Highways Bylaw 6922 so that revenue generated from Annacis Island traffic management fines can be used to support additional targeted enforcement campaigns (concurrent amendments to the Municipal Ticketing Information and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaws).
  • Amend Delta Highways Bylaw 6922 to restrict overnight commercial vehicle parking on any highway in Delta.

We are pleased to advise that Delta Police has already initiated targeted traffic enforcement on Annacis Island, and from February 15–17, 2016, issued $7,500 in tickets. With each ticket, Delta Police explained to the offenders that enforcement activities will continue and advised them to stop using the shortcut.

We are committed to working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to develop mitigation measures and a meeting has been requested with Minister Stone to present our strategy and discuss traffic concerns and regional tolling options.

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