A new variable speed limit system will allow BC's transport ministry to lower speeds on a mountainous section of Highway 3, also known as the Crownsnest Highway, helping travellers drive safely during bad weather.

The Highway 3 variable speed limit system uses data from road surface sensors and traffic sensors to recommend lower speeds during adverse conditions.

Four new signs are located along seven kilometres of Highway 3 between Hope and the Highway 3/5 junction. One sign in each direction also features a digital message to provide drivers with additional information when the speed limits are lowered.

The $25-million project includes the Highway 3 variable speed limit signs, as well as the installation of a new congestion-based variable speed limit system on Highway 1 between Sumas River Bridge in Abbotsford and Prest Road overpass in Chilliwack. 

The Fraser Valley variable speed limit system is currently in the testing phase, as the congestion-based technology is brand new to B.C. It is expected to go into operation in early 2020.

“Keeping people safe on our roads is our top priority,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Weather conditions can change very quickly where the highway starts climbing from the Fraser Valley towards the mountains. That’s why we are bringing in this new variable speed limit system, which allows us to slow traffic down and improve safety on Highway 3 this winter.”

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