Vedder Bridge flaggers prohibited by Work Safe BC

The change is effective immediately, and manually controlled lights are going in at two locations starting this weekend

Monty Raine of Dickey and Sons Electric installs temporary traffic lights at the Vedder Bridge and Chilliwack Lake Road. The new lights

Monty Raine of Dickey and Sons Electric installs temporary traffic lights at the Vedder Bridge and Chilliwack Lake Road. The new lights

Flaggers can no longer be used to cut traffic congestion near the Vedder Bridge or at the Cultus Lake turnoff.

City of Chilliwack was notified by Work Safe BC this week that after reviewing the use of traffic control personnel at the two locations, they can no longer employ flaggers to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow.

“Upon receiving this news, City staff immediately began working on alternative strategies to ensure minimal impact to the travelling public in these areas over the weekend,” according to the news release.

During the summer months, the City of Chilliwack regularly employs flaggers to control Cultus Lake traffic, both at the three-way stop at the Vedder Bridge and at the lights at the Cultus Lake turnoff.

“This additional traffic control helps relieve some congestion in the Vedder Crossing area and keeps motorists moving,” said the release.

The change is effective immediately, and manually controlled traffic signals will be installed at both locations starting this weekend.

The operator of the traffic lights will be positioned “away from the flow of traffic,” thereby complying with WCB regulations.

“The City of Chilliwack would like to thank the travelling public in advance for their patience as this new system is implemented.”