Starting immediately, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will initiate construction of a number of improvements to boost safety, reduce congestion, and keep people moving along the Highway 14 corridor.
“For too long, people on the West Shore have been frustrated by mounting congestion and traffic bottlenecks,” said Premier John Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “Highway 14 is an essential connection for people on southern Vancouver Island, and we’re making travel safer and less stressful so people can spend more time with their families, instead of sitting in traffic.”
$10 million in immediate upgrades will kick off the first of multiple phases of safety, transit and congestion improvements:
- Three bus pullouts on both sides of Highway 14 at the West Shore Parkway, Laidlaw Road and Harbourview Road;
- A bus-queue jump lane at Jacklin Road;
- New safety signs at three locations (Kangaroo Road, Gillespie Road, and Parkland Road);
- A slow-moving vehicle pullout east of Muir Creek, between Sooke and French Beach;
- A new rest area at the Sombrio lookout; and
- A new two-lane bridge on Gillespie Road, which is an important alternative route to Highway 14.
Design work for the Sooke River Road intersection upgrade is also getting underway immediately.
“Accelerating safety projects on Highway 14 ensures everyone, whether drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or transit users, can move around the Capital Regional District quickly and safely whatever their preferred travel mode,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Local residents and businesses have been asking for traffic improvements in this growing region, and we’re responding by getting to work right away on a suite of upgrades that will have big impact, quickly, with more improvements on the horizon.”
The next phases of work, to be announced later this year based on community feedback and further engineering work, will focus on major intersection upgrades, passing opportunities, improving the highway alignment, widening highway shoulders for cyclists and additional transit-related upgrades.
“These safety improvements will greatly benefit residents, local businesses, and the many visitors who come to experience all that the West Shore has to offer,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin.
The ministry is committed to ensuring traffic delays related to construction are kept minimal, particularly in peak commuter periods. Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel, watch for workers, and check for up-to-date traffic advisories at www.drivebc.ca
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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.
- 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
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)
Intersections that will have new LED lights installed to augment current lighting are:
- Goodridge (with an upgrade to the fire signal)
- 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