ICBC chipped in $310,000 to help municipalities and the provincial government complete a dozen infrastructure projects in the Cowichan Valley last year.
The Town of Lake Cowichan alone was helped out with $65,000 toward the roundabout at the intersection of Cowichan Lake and North Shore roads, as well as $20,000 for improvements along South Shore Road including curbs, gutters, crosswalks and new sidewalks.
â€œWe are thrilled to have ICBC partner with us on this project,â€ Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest said. â€œEvery extra contribution is helpful for us. ICBC stepped up big-time to help us, and we really appreciate it. They have been very good to deal with when we have asked for help.â€
ICBC teamed up with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on four separate projects in the region, contributing $24,500 toward improvements to signage, pavement marking and lighting at the Youbou Road crosswalk in Lake Cowichan; $23,400 for improvements to lighting at the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway and Miller Road south of Duncan; $21,700 for improvements to lighting at the intersection of the TCH and Deloume Road in Mill Bay; and $15,500 for channelization and turn lanes at the intersection of the TCH and Miller Road south of Duncan.
â€œThis program is a great example of successful partnerships as it brings together numerous stakeholders to help ensure safety remains a top priority when roads and highways are designed or upgraded in communities across the province,â€ Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said through a press release.
North Cowichan received $20,000 for each of three projects involving the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes: along Drinkwater and Norcross roads and Beverly Street. The municipality also got $40,000 toward the installation of a roundabout at Kingsview Road and Donnay Drive.
The City of Duncan got $20,000 from ICBC for the addition of sidewalk and curb extensions on Beech Avenue between Marchmont Road and McAdam Park, and another $20,000 for a similar project on Cairnsmore Street between Vista and Nagle streets.
The funding in the Cowichan Valley was part of $1.4 million ICBC contributed to projects on Vancouver Island and $8 million across B.C.
â€œEveryone benefits from road improvements, from drivers to pedestrians, because safer roads means fewer crashes, which also translates into lower claim costs,â€ ICBC director of road safety John Dickinson said. â€œWeâ€™ll continue to invest in road safety initiatives that help us keep rates as low as possible.â€