A new high-friction road coating has been applied to four high-collision intersections along Highway 17 in Saanich with the goal of reducing rear-end collisions.

The surfacing treatment was applied by an automated truck-mounted machine using a specialized aggregate, and resin to help vehicles come to a full stop more quickly.

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This $3.9-million project is part of a suite of changes to address rising ICBC insurance claim costs.

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.

These road coatings were also applied to ten high-collision locates in the Lower Mainland.