The Province has committed to improving safety at the Parkland, Gillespie and Connie road intersections on Highway 14 between Langford and Sooke.
“Highway 14 is a critical link on southern Vancouver Island serving a wide variety of people, and these safety improvements will benefit commuters, commercial drivers, tourists, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
Safety improvements will include new intersection lighting and enhanced signing and new delineation at Parkland Road and Gillespie Road. Near Parkland Road, there will also be additional clearing and brushing to control vegetation, which will improve visibility and enhance safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The estimated cost of these improvements is $800,000 and work is expected to be completed by fall 2017.
The ministry is also advancing engineering and design for intersection improvements and enhancements for transit users at Connie Road. This plan, along with an estimated cost for the work, is scheduled for completion in early 2018.
In addition to these intersection improvements, this spring, the ministry will be applying new higher-quality reflective glass bead to the paint lines to improve visibility at night. A new highway webcam has been installed at Kangaroo Road, which will go live before the end of April and can be viewed under the Vancouver Island tab here: http://www.drivebc.ca/#webcams
The ministry is implementing these interim improvements while the overall Highway 14 corridor study to identify both short- and long-term improvements for Highway 14 is being completed. The final report expected in late summer 2017.
B.C. on the Move is the B.C. government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. Over the next three years, the ministry and its partners are investing over $4.6 billion in priority transportation investments as part of this plan.
- Over a five-year period (2012-16), the Province invested $7.28 million into improving Highway 14 between Langford and Sooke, including:
- the new digital overhead sign on Highway 14 located near Awsworth Road, expected to be operational later this spring ($250,000);
- Highway 14 resurfacing, shoulder widening and roundabout ($6 million contributed by the Province);
- drainage improvements near Impala Road ($475,000);
- shoulder widening in the Metchosin/Sooke area ($355,000); and
- Highway 14 enhanced delineation ($200,000).
- The corridor is approximately 22 kilometres in length between Langford and Sooke.
- It has a daily use of approximately 14,000 vehicles and average daily traffic volumes show an increase of about 900 vehicles per day over the last five years.
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