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Mary Hill Bypass or 'Racetrack'? Drivers say speed limit should go up on road

Last Updated May 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm PDT

A BC highway cam shows the Mary Hill Bypass on May 23, 2019. (DriveBC)
Summary

Sense BC says speed limits on many roads in province are not set properly and Mary Hill Bypass may be one of them

Drivers say the Mary Hill Racetrack or Mary Hill Speedway are more appropriate names for the bypass

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – If you drive the Mary Hill Bypass through Port Coquitlam regularly, how often do you stick to the 60 kilometre an hour speed limit?

After a man was caught going 117 kilometres an hour along the stretch, some people on social media are claiming drivers often ignore the limit there, saying the Mary Hill Racetrack or Mary Hill Speedway are more appropriate names for the bypass.

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There are even a couple suggesting the limit should be raised.

Ian Tootill with driver advocacy group Sense BC says limits should be set at the flow of traffic.

“I’m not familiar with the Mary Hill but I do drive it once in a while and I have noticed that I am generally going over the speed limit with everybody else on the Mary Hill Bypass, so maybe they should take a look at that and set the limit so that not everybody is disobeying them,” he tells NEWS 1130.

Tootill adds speed limits on many roads in the province are not set properly.

“I encourage the provincial government this year to continue the precedent that was set by the previous government in reviewing speed limits on all highways and setting them according to engineering and science principals, rather than using arbitrary numbers.”

We have reached out to the province and the mayor of Port Coquitlam for comment.

No plans to change speed limit 

In a statement to NEWS 1130, the Ministery of Transportation says it is not planning to undertake an urban speed limit review.

“Safety is the ministry’s highest priority, and we regularly monitor all our highways to ensure they are safe. Part of this work includes reviewing speed limits to ensure they are suitable for a given corridor. Appropriately-set speed limits help to encourage driver compliance and reduce differences in speed between vehicles,” says the statement.

“When setting speed limits, ministry engineers consider many factors, including traffic volumes and current operating speeds, sight distances, adjacent development, number of accesses, proximity of schools, features such as curves and slopes, and safety history. When the ministry’s engineers revise speed limits they follow internationally accepted standards for ideal road conditions developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.”