Baldonnel overpass solutions won’t be known until engineering is complete, says province

The Dawson Creek Mirror has learned the PRRD has a response from the provincial government concerning lighting at the Baldonnel overpass.

"The process begins with an engineering review to look at what safety improvements can be made, followed by a design (if needed) and the final step is having a contractor install the improvements, says Katherine Styba District Manager of Transportation with the province of British Columbia.

"Although this is a relatively simple process, there are several site constraints and how they interact with the engineering solutions won’t be known until the engineering is complete," she adds. "It may seem like we are overcomplicating the process but lighting near a structure can have the unintended safety risks such as casting shadows or changing driver’s ability to perceive the structure."

Last month PRRD chair Brad Sperling requested more information about the process and work related to the railway overpass, located at the intersection of Overpass Road and Highway 97 North.

"This intersection is very dark, and the installation of additional illumination would assist drivers at night," he said. 

The province was asked previously by the PRRD to improve the lighting conditions around the Baldonnel railway overpass along the Alaska Highway. 

The ministry said in November that requests for extra lighting would have to go through its regional engineering group, and that the request has been added for its review.

"The reason why the corner is 'darker' is the motorist moving from a illuminated area into an unilluminated segment and the adjustment time for the eyes gives the perception of extra darkness," said Florian Kund, bridge area manager for the North Peace at the time.

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