As the District of West Kelowna and adjacent jurisdictions continue to grow with residential and commercial developments, additional pressure is placed on streets in the municipality, particularly collector roads - those routes that feed into multiple subdivisions. Vineyard Drive is one such collector road.
PROJECT SUMMARY - PHASE 1
Vineyard Drive traffic calming measures will be constructed in phases. This will allow staff adequate time to review the effectiveness of earlier measures and determine if subsequent phases are necessary. This approach will ensure that the municipality is only expending resources as necessary, resulting in potential savings to the District of West Kelowna and its taxpayers.
Phase 1 has been rolled out, after consultation with the Neighbourhood, in the following manner:
September 2012, a contract was awarded for the construction of six curb extensions on Vineyard Drive between Ridge Boulevard and Merlot Court; and,
The contract value was $38,000; and,
The curb extensions were constructed throughout October 2012.
The District of West Kelowna will contribute a further $12,000 for line painting and signage in the Vineyard Estates area.
WHY WAS TRAFFIC CALMING CONSIDERED?
Not long after the District of West Kelowna incorporated in December 2007, staff began receiving calls from residents who were concerned about increasing traffic volumes and speeding on Vineyard Drive. The street is used by some residents as a short-cut route between their homes on the east side of Mount Boucherie and commercial development and public amenities, like arenas, schools, ball fields and parks on the west side of the mountain.
In February 2010, the District of West Kelowna hired specialists at Boulevard Transportation Group, to assist staff in exploring options to address the concerns that residents of the South Boucherie area were continuing to raise. As part of the investigation into potential solutions the Mount Boucherie Travel Survey was conducted. The survey was mailed to residents in the area. The survey results indicated the need for the creation of a traffic study.
The Mount Boucherie Traffic Study provided recommendations to Council, outlining various options for traffic calming measures on Vineyard Drive. The project was then broken out into a number of phases. Phasing of the project will provide staff with adequate time to review the results of traffic calming measures before deciding if subsequent measures are required. If earlier measures are successful in reducing speeds and traffic volumes, subsequent measures may not be required resulting in savings for the District of West Kelowna and its taxpayers.
HOW WERE RESIDENTS CONSULTED?
The District has communicated this project publically through its Capital Budget Plan as part of the draft 2012 budget deliberations, which included two public sessions, early in 2012. The project itself was listed in Council’s 2012-2014 Strategic Priorities under Operational Details. The Engineering Department also directly communicated with residents via mail.
In the case of this traffic calming project, staff sent correspondence on September 10, 2012 to residents in the area outlining the proposed works and polled residents on their support or non-support the proposed works.
The District received responses from approximately 60 per cent of residents in the area. The District then sent a letter October 17 revealing the results of its poll: 59% of respondents supported the project, 31% did not support and 14% supported, but with reservations. The District advised residents in this letter that the project would proceed.
Engineering staff further followed up directly with residents by visiting in person those who had not responded to earlier letters and who would be most directly impacted by the traffic calming measures. Engineering is interested in working with affected residents in an effort to minimize the loss of parking
If you have questions, concerns or would like more information, please contact the Engineering Services Department at: