B.C. Government raises highway speed limit to 120 km/h

Last Wednesday, the B.C. government unveiled changes to boost speed limits to 120 kilometres per hour on some of its highways. The announcement came from Transportation Minister Todd Stone who came out saying several months of public consultation and engineering reviews justify hiking speed limits on 1,300 km of rural provincial highway in the Southern Interior, Vancouver Island the Fraser Valley.

Under the new rules, three sections of B.C. rural highway will be set at the maximum 120 km/h speed limit, including Highway 5 (the Coquihalla) from Hope to Kamloops, Highway 97C from Aspen Grove to Peachland, and Highway 19 from Parksville to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

Most of the speed changes will come into effect this summer, though increases to the Coquihalla and Peachland highways began immediately last Wednesday.

Other highways will see speed limits rise to 100 km/h or 110 km/h, depending on the route.

Source: Vancouver Sun