A new high-friction road coating is being applied to four high-collision intersections along Highway 17 in Saanich with the goal of reducing rear-end collisions.
The surfacing treatment will be applied by an automated truck-mounted machine using a specialized aggregate, and resin to help vehicles come to a full stop more quickly.
This $3.9-million project is part of a suite of changes underway to address rising ICBC insurance claim costs.
Work will start this week at 14 high-collision locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
The four intersections along the Pat Bay Highway include Elk Lake Drive, Sayward Road and Mt. Newton Cross Road, as well as the southbound lane at Cloverdale Avenue.
The high-friction surface treatments may be applied to other locations after evaluating the success of this project.