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Traffic changeover to new Highway 1 alignment

To safely move drivers to the new Highway 1 alignment at the McKenzie Interchange, a full closure of the interchange is necessary.

The process will begin mid-evening on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, with the full closure overnight to minimize the impact on drivers.

  • At approximately 8 p.m. on Dec. 18, single-lane traffic will be implemented in all directions at the McKenzie Interchange.
  • At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, all signals at the intersection will be turned off and traffic control personnel will direct traffic. Drivers are asked to use caution, be patient and obey the directions of traffic control personnel.
  • At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 19, traffic will be completely stopped in all directions approaching the interchange. Drivers can expect a delay of up to 30 minutes to allow the contractor to move barricades, activate signage and traffic lights, and open the new Highway 1 alignment.
  • At approximately 2 a.m. on Dec. 19, the new Highway 1 alignment will be opened.

All work will be completed before the morning rush on Thursday, Dec. 19.

To avoid delays at the McKenzie Interchange, from 8 p.m. Wednesday until the new alignment is open early Thursday, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recommends that drivers detour around the McKenzie Interchange via the Tillicum and Helmcken intersections, Burnside Road or Craigflower Road/Old Island Highway.

The new traffic signal timing has been tested over the last week. The ministry will continue to monitor signal timing at the interchange and neighbouring intersections and will adjust as necessary in the following days to ensure traffic moves as efficiently as possible.

Drivers are reminded that construction zone speed limits are in effect through the project site, including on Highway 1. They should drive with care through the project site and obey all signage and posted speed limits.