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This rollover crash occurred on Tzouhalem Road away from the Trans-Canada Highway, site of the most frequent local motor vehicle accidents. - Andrew Leong/file
This rollover crash occurred on Tzouhalem Road away from the Trans-Canada Highway, site of the most frequent local motor vehicle accidents.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Three-way jurisdiction has stalled potential talks about a traffic circle at one of Cowichan’s 11 high-crash corners listed by ICBC.

North Cowichan Councillor Al Siebring said he would love to see a traffic circle built at Lakes and Trunk roads (beside Tzouhalem Road’s Petro-Can 7-Eleven) but “the problem is there’s three jurisdictions there.”

Circle agreement would surround talks between North Cowichan and Duncan councils, and Cowichan Tribes, he explained.

That intersection aside, Siebring signaled reducing risks at four other high-crash places in North Cowichan comes down to safe-driving habits.

“Four of the five (North Cowichan high-crash spots) are intersections with the Island Highway, and there’s only so much we can do.

“Each has lights at them. Do we try and get the province to reduce (posted) speed on the highway?”

ICBC’s 2012 stats show North Cowichan’s other accident-prone places are where Beverly Street, Drinkwater Road, Herd Road, and Henry Road meet the highway.

The other six sites on ICBC’s Cowichan top-11 Cowichan Valley list include: TCH at Trunk Road; James Street at TCH and York Road; Allenby and Chaster roads at TCH; Boys Road and TCH; Cowichan Bay and Kelly roads at TCH; and Coronation Avenue and TCH.

Siebring noted his engineering department is proactively planning a traffic circle at Lane Road near the Cowichan Commons.

“I believe that’s in the budget to go this summer.”

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