Notice to Squamish Nation Membership
October 3, 2019
At the request of Squamish Nation Council, the District of North Vancouver (DNV) has extended rush hour turning restrictions from Lower Capilano Road onto Marine Drive. This restriction is intended to discourage non-resident through-traffic from using Welch Street and Lower Capilano Road as a by-pass for congestion at Marine Drive.
The DNV has recently installed new signage. With the changes, there will be no left turns from Lower Capilano Road to Marine Drive (northbound to westbound movements) from 7:00 am–9:00 am, and from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm. Previously, left turn restrictions were in place for morning peak hours only.
The left turn restrictions are enforceable under Section 125 (Disobey Traffic Control) or Section 161 (Disobey Traffic Device) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers who fail to comply with the turning restrictions are subject to a $121 fine plus two points on their driving record.
The increased turning restrictions were a recommendation of the Capilano IR No. 5 Transportation Study, and are aimed at decreasing rush hour traffic through the Capilano reserve. The Study was prepared for the Nation with input from Capilano residents and Nation members.
Over the years, the Squamish Nation has seen a steady increase in commuter traffic trespassing through the Capilano reserve, which is putting our community’s safety at risk. By introducing these new restrictions on left-turns from the reserve onto Marine Drive, the Squamish Nation is taking steps to address safety concerns and help to ensure the protection of our members and their families.