The Halifax Regional Municipality has been selected as one of five winning municipalities for a national grant program through Aviva Canada and MicroTraffic.
The program provides 75% of the cost of MicroTraffic video analytics at 10 locations. The municipality is responsible for the remaining 25% of the cost.
Video analytics uses traffic video footage to analyze the occurrence of near misses at an intersection to determine where potential for collisions might exist. This proactive approach will allow countermeasures to be selected which aim to prevent those collisions from occurring.
The following intersections have been selected for this project:
- Quinpool Road @ Oxford Street
- Dunbrack Street @ Lacewood Drive
- Portland Street @ Pleasant Street
- Chebucto Road @ Oxford Street
- Bayers Road @ Joseph Howe Drive
- Lacewood Drive @ Parkland Drive
- Main Street @ Major Street
- Cobequid Road @ Glendale Avenue
- Portland Street @ Eisener Blvd
- Spring Garden Road @ South Park Street
These locations had been selected because of high traffic volumes; an above average frequency of injury collisions and a demonstrated need for a safety review.
If changes are made to any of these intersections based on the report recommendations from MicroTraffic, Aviva Canada will provide funding for MicroTraffic to reassess the intersection’s safety after those changes have been made.
This program provides another channel for ensuring evidence-based decisions are being made which will improve road safety for all road users.
The timeline for the project includes video collection during the month of October 2020; MicroTraffic Analysis during November and December 2020; and the Recommendations Report received by January 31, 2021.