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Highway 14 upgrades accelerated to make life easier for South Island commuters

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Highway 14 upgrades accelerated to make life easier for South Island commuters

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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New projects to improve safety on Highway 14

Improving transit access and reliability:

  • Three bus pullouts on both sides of Highway 14 (new pullouts at the West Shore Parkway and widened pullouts at Laidlaw Road and Harbourview Road)
    • Work on the pullouts is expected to cost $1.86 million and be completed in spring 2018.
    • With these upgrades, buses can move fully out of the travelled lane, which will allow traffic to continue to flow, lower the risk of collision, and provide a safe area for transit users as they enter and exit the buses.
  • An eastbound transit queue-jump lane at the Highway 14/Jacklin Road intersection
    •  Construction of this $1.36-million project is planned to start in March and be completed by the end of summer 2018
    • The queue jump will place buses in a priority position for re-entering traffic, reducing delays for transit users during congested morning periods.

Upgrading infrastructure:

  • Between Sooke and Port Renfrew, the ministry will complete two projects in time for the busy summer tourist season:
    • Sombrio rest area with washrooms and picnic tables – estimated cost of $0.8 million
    • Slow-moving vehicle pullout east of Muir Creek – estimated cost of $1 million
  • New two-lane bridge on Gillespie Road at Roche Cove, which is an important alternative route to Highway 14. Construction will take place from spring to winter 2018, with a total project cost estimated at $3.4 million.

New safety signage:

  • By spring 2018, the ministry will install new signs at three locations at an estimated cost of $1 million:
    • Kangaroo Road flashing beacon
    • Gillespie Road LED warnings to advise motorists of the sharp corner
    • Parkland Road speed-reader boards
Work currently underway on Highway 14

In 2017, work began on a variety of safety improvements along the Highway 14 corridor at a cost of $800,000. New signs have now been installed between Gillespie and Parkland roads, delineation has been improved with new reflectors and vegetation has been removed overhead, as well as alongside the highway, to improve visibility.

Ongoing work includes placing a commercial vehicle-activated truck-rollover warning sign near Gillespie Road, painting a double-wide fog line and installing new lighting at each intersection between Highway 1 and the Sooke River Bridge to improve visibility and make the corridor safer for travellers.

Intersections currently without lighting that will receive new LED lights are:

  • Awsworth Road
  • Humpback/Woodruff (including one at the bus stop)
  • Manzer
  • Laidlaw
  • Parkland
  • Impala

Intersections that will have new LED lights installed to augment current lighting are:

  • Kangaroo
  • Connie
  • Gillespie 
  • Glintz/Polymede
  • Ludlow
  • Goodridge (with an upgrade to the fire signal)
  • Harbourview
  • Saseenos
  • Woodland
  • Winnipeg
  • Saseenos Elementary school (four additional lights, including two directly over each side of the crosswalk, to make it safer for pedestrians)
  • Sooke River/Lazzar/Park and Ride

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