Al Popoff

Al PopoffAssociate and Senior Consultant, Traffic and Road Safety


  • Past manager of Opus Hamilton Kelowna office for 7 years, one of the leading transportation engineering consulting firms in North America.
  • More than 35 years of work experience in the urban and rural transportation field.
  • Expertise in road safety engineering, including experience as a Road Safety Auditor and in-service road safety reviews.
  • Experienced in traffic operations, transportation engineering, roadway design, planning and enforcement.
  • Experience in program development and traffic safety promotions.
  • Project Manager for a number of traffic impact assessment and parking studies for public and private sectors.

Main Qualifications:

  • Fellow Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Life Member, Saskatchewan Safety Council
  • Member, Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals
  • H. Robert Burton Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2001
  • Business Administration Certificate, University of Regina, 1985
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Transportation Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 1973
  • Transportation Certificate, Traffic Institute, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1966
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 1965

Road Safety Engineering
Project Achievements:

  • Signing and safety review of Baily Road and Hwy 97 (for Sparkling Hills resort) in Vernon, 2010.
  • Predator Ridge Safety operation overview in Vernon, 2010.
  • Intersection and corridor traffic safety operational reviews, as part of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s Road Improvement Program.  Examples throughout British Columbia, 2001-2005, include:
  • Intersection and corridor traffic safety operational reviews, as part of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s Road Improvement Program.  Examples throughout British Columbia, 2001-2005, include:
    • Highway 33, safety at three signalized intersections, Rutland, 2001
    • Safety study at three intersections, Salmon Arm, 2001
    • Corridor safety review, Springfield Road, Kelowna, 2002
    • Safety review, Highway 1, near Salmon Arm River bridge, 2003
    • Corridor safety study, Gordon Road, Kelowna, 2003
    • Intersection safety studies, 3 locations, Vernon, 2002 – 2003
    • In-service safety review, Eastside Road, Vernon, 2004
    • Highway 97, safety at two intersections, Williams Lake, 2006
    • Before and after studies, senior drivers, Vernon, 2005 – 2006
  • Traffic safety operational reviews at various locations:
    • Channelized right turns, Summit and Glenmore, Kelowna, 2001
    • Concrete barriers, East Kelowna Road, Kelowna, 2001
    • Traffic operations, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, 2003
    • Crosswalk safety, Shelbourne Street near McKenzie, Saanich, 2003
    • Truck routing, Crawford Estates, Kelowna, 2003
    • Driveway safety, Lakeshore Road, Salmon Arm, 2004
    • Proposed access, Marshall property, Kelowna, 2004
    • Traffic safety, Gordon Drive and Old Meadows Road, Kelowna, 2004
    • Safety assessment, Paret Road and Stonybrook Road, Kelowna, 2004
    • 30th Street traffic study, Salmon Arm, 2005
    • Stop and Yield Sign application and policy, Westbank First Nation, 2005
    • Set back variances and safety review, private developments, Westside and Salmon Arm,
    • Traffic safety and operational review, commercial access, Highway 1, Savona
  • Road safety audits for arterial roads, and intersections, with examples of audits including:
    • Scott Road Corridor, Langley, 2001
    • Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, 2001
    • Benvoulin Road and KLO Road, Kelowna, 2003
    • Gordon Drive and Dehart Road, Kelowna, 2004
    • Industrial Drive and Fairview Road, Penticton, 2005
  • In-service intersection and corridor safety reviews, Safer Cities Program by ICBC, included projects in the following cities:  Kamloops, Saanich, Abbotsford, and Prince George.

Traffic and Parking Operations and Management
Project Achievements:

  • Traffic Impact Assessment for a 74-unit duplex development on KLO Road in the City of Kelowna, 2012.
  • Traffic Impact Assessment for a 97-townhouse unit in District of Peachland, 2011-2012.
  • Traffic and Parking study for the proposed Schooner Cove Village development, Nanaimo, 2009.
  • The Cape on Bowen traffic assessment for a 250-hectare development on Bowen Island, 2009.
  • Traffic and parking studies for major residential developments, up to 1800 households per development, Predator Ridge and Coldstream Manor, Okanagan Hills, Vernon, 2004.
  • Traffic study for the proposed 300 room hotel and Kristall Spa Resort, including the traffic impact on Commonage Road and Highway 97, Vernon, 2004.
  • Parking study for five parks in Kelowna including site reviews, surveys, and public consultation to estimate regular and special event parking demand and to develop solutions to remove recreational parking from adjacent residential streets, 2003.
  • Parking study and traffic operation evaluation, Cranbrook Regional Hospital, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, Interior Health Region, 2004 – 2007
  • Traffic impact assessment for the proposed Arbutus Village Development, Kelowna, 2005,
  • Traffic studies and analysis for a wide range of developments in Sicamous, Enderby, Armstrong, Vernon, Winfield, Kelowna, Westside, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, 2004 – 2007

Transportation and Highway Planning
Project Achievements:

  • Traffic operations, for proposed design changes, Cape Horn exit, Trans Canada Highway, Port Mann Bridge, MoT, 2001.
  • Manage the preparation of the safety component for the Corridor Management Plan for Highway 97 in the Central Okanagan, 2001.
  • Whistle cessation study to support application to Transport Canada, CPR crossing, Salmon Arm, 2004 and Sorrento, 2006
  • Toby Creek Road, Invermere to Panorama Village, functional planning and evaluation study for the MoT, 2004.
  • Highway 22/3B and Tennyson Avenue, intersection upgrade study and safety review, MoT, Warfield, 2004.
  • Safety assessment of outdoor sidewalk seating, Kelowna, 2005.
  • Traffic safety and operation study, Crazy Creek tourist attraction, Highway 1, 2005

Transit and Sustainable Transportation
Project Achievements:

  • Rails with Trails feasibility study to assess the feasibility of a new trail adjacent to an active railway, featuring a public consultation program, an assessment of safety, identification of design issues related to providing the off-street trail, and a forecast of the expected trail use by both bicycles and pedestrians (with Alta Planning + Design), 2001.
  • Develop a wayfinding and visitor sign program, Vernon, 2006,
  • Develop policies and long range strategies for vehicle inspection stations and a central truck permit office, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, 2006