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Report recommends design changes to Hwy 17 at the Hwy 91 connector

Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm PDT

Highway 17 at the Highway 91 Connector (Courtesy Google Maps)

DELTA (NEWS1130) – Drivers turning too fast can be blamed in part for all of those truck rollovers on the new Highway 17 last year at the Highway 91 connector. But a report urges the province to make some design changes.

The findings come after Delta Police went public with concerns the road itself had construction flaws.

While the road meets design guides, the report by engineering firm RF Binnie says the province should re-mark road lines at the intersection and cut back curbs around right-turn islands.

It also found trucks could flip if they are turning at more than 26 km/h, especially those with narrower wheel bases and higher centres of gravity.

The transportation ministry has installed signs warning truckers to slow down.

The report was quietly released in March. It looked at five rollovers and says if these fixes don’t work, an interchange is needed — which was in the original design concept for Highway 17, but was cut when construction costs rose.

Police and truckers say this report hasn’t told them anything they didn’t already know about this intersection. Both groups say it has became notorious for the number of rollovers.

Louise Yako with the BC Trucking Association says there hasn’t been a rollover since warning signs were put up.

“Speed is still an issue and so that would be the first and easiest way to deal with the problem and it appears to be addressed by the fact that there have been additional signage so that drivers are well aware that they should be taking that corner at low speeds.”

She feels there’s no need to redo the intersection. Delta Police agree saying there’s no one factor to blame here and slowing down is the best course of action.