GVITE Breakfast Meeting - October 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

Presentation: BC's Variable Speed Limit System

Presenter: Kenedee Ludwar, P.Eng., and John Babineau, P.Eng.
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Location: Executive Hotel Suites, Burnaby
4210 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC, V5C 3Y6
Room: Panorama

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 am - 8:00 am (Registration & Breakfast)  
8:00 am - 9:00 am (Presentation)

Early Bird Cost (before or on 10 October 2017): $45 (Members), $50 (Non-Members), $25 (Students)

Cost (after 10 October 2017): $55 (Members), $60 (Non-Members), $35 (Students)

Variable speed limits systems are innovative safety tools that have been implemented on three corridors in BC that experience changing road conditions due to weather events. Variable speed limit systems improve safety and mobility throughout the corridor and maintain smooth flow during unfavourable weather conditions by notifying drivers of adverse weather and road conditions.  When adverse weather is detected by drivers, a safe driving speed in not always apparent.  The VSL system that the Ministry has developed uses road side collected data on road surface condition, weather and vehicle speed to make a speed limit recommendation.  The speed limits are calculated using real time data to accurately determine the current road conditions.  It provides drivers with up to date travel speeds for corridors that are susceptible to rapidly changing weather conditions.

Design of the variable speed limit system took place through 2015 and was activated in June 2016.  This is the first system of its kind in BC.  Overall, there are 47 overhead LED variable speed limits signs with flashers that activate when a reduced speed limit is in place.  Variable speed limits are calculated using real time vehicle speed and road condition information to accurately determine the current conditions of the road.  The data is compiled and reviewed in the Regional Transportation Management Centre where a speed limit is recommended and sent to the variable speed limit sign.

About the Presenters:

Kenedee Ludwar, P.Eng. graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering.  After graduation she joined the Engineer In Training Program with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Kenedee had the opportunity to work in district operations, planning and policy before settling in traffic operations. Kenedee is currently the Director of Traffic and Highway Safety Engineering and is responsible for the province-wide traffic engineering program, including the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of a range of legislation, regulation and policies. Kenedee is dedicated to serving the public and has a passion for traffic safety.

John Babineau, P.Eng. works for the Thompson Nicola District with the Ministry of Transportation in Kamloops, BC. He is a graduate of the Ministry‚Äôs Engineer in Training Program, focussing primarily on Traffic and Safety Engineering. John played a key role in the development, implementation, and operation of the inaugural Variable Speed Limit System Corridors. He was born in Abbotsford, BC and graduated Civil Engineering from UBC Okanagan in 2011.

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