Update on Traffic Signals at Old Island Highway and Comox Road

July 8, 2020

As previously reported, a vehicle accident at the Old Island Highway and Comox Road on the weekend severely damaged the traffic signal controller for this intersection. This controller was unfortunately destroyed beyond repair.

A temporary replacement traffic signal controller is now in place, with some limitations:

  • The temporary controller cannot connect to the underground roadway sensors, and will not detect actual vehicles on the roadway
  • The traffic signals will be on a timer, allowing vehicles and pedestrians to pass through the intersection from each direction
  • As the traffic signal controller is not connected to the roadway sensors, and will rely entirely on the timer, commuters on the Old Island Highway may see the signals change from green to red, even though there may be no vehicles waiting to turn left from Comox Road onto the Old Island Highway/5th Street.
  • Public Works will monitor traffic flow through the intersection and may adjust the traffic signal timing as needed.

A permanent replacement for the traffic signal controller has been ordered; however this is a specialized, custom product. The City expects the new controller to be delivered by late August or early September, and will install it as soon as possible once we receive it.

Thank you for your understanding while we await a permanent fix for these unanticipated repairs.


Temporary Traffic Pattern Change: Old Island Highway at Comox Road

July 6, 2020

Over the weekend, a vehicle accident at the Old Island Highway and Comox Road severely damaged the traffic light controller for this intersection. As a result, the traffic signals are NOT working, and have been temporarily covered over.

Temporary stop signs have been added at Comox Road. The damage will require a complex repair, and we do not yet have an estimate on the total repair time.

We will post an update once more information on the timeline for repairs is available. Thank you.