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Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands transportation improvements

Active transportation – nearly $5 million invested

  • Central Saanich - safety improvements including shoulder widening to provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists on West Saanich Road.
  • Sooke - extension of sidewalk to Ed McGregor Park and connection to existing municipal trail network on north side of Highway 14/Westcoast Road.
  • Nanaimo/Port Alberni - installation of lighting and illuminated signage for increased pedestrian safety along Stewart Avenue in Nanaimo and on Highway 4 at Ian Avenue in Port Alberni.
  • Nanaimo - shoulder widening and crosswalks along 5.2 kilometres of Cedar Road to increase safety of pedestrians.
  • Courtenay - shoulder paving for six kilometres along northbound Highway 19A from Buckley Bay to Union Bay to improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
  • Qualicum Bay - shoulder grading, widening and paving of shoulder along Highway 19A southbound from Sundry Road to Qualicum Bay to increase pedestrian and cycling safety.
  • Courtenay - construction of Phase 2 of the Back Road Trail through the Komoks First Nation including excavation, installation of culverts and drainage improvements through the Komoks First Nation to increase pedestrian safety.
  • Cowichan - repair of failed concrete culvert and trail restoration at Dry Bend Creek, and 4.7 kilometres of Cowichan Valley Trail resurfacing.
  • Saratoga Beach – shoulder improvements, as well as parking and pedestrian access at Clarkson Avenue.
  • Lake Cowichan - installation of pedestrian crossing and six lease lights on existing hydro poles to improve pedestrian safety along North Shore Road through the Ts'uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nation.

Climate adaptation – more than $4 million invested

  • Coal Harbour – installation of a bypass road across Stephens Creek and design for new structure on Coal Harbour Road at Stephens Crescent near Quatsino First Nation.
  • South Island – replacement of 13 culverts in the areas of Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake and Duncan.
  • Central Island – replacement of 23 culverts in the areas of Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Parksville and Qualicum areas
  • North Island – replacement of 83 culverts in the areas of Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, Port McNeil and Port Hardy to ensure continued capacity and functionality of the highway and side roads during future climate related events.

Rural and remote communities – more than $1 million invested

  • Mill Bay - replacement of culverts in Briarwood area to restore drainage and prevent failure of road base during flooding events on Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road.
  • Pender Island - rock scaling along Spalding Road.
  • Port Renfrew - 120 kilometres of brushing on both sides of Pacific Marine Circle Route between Mesachie Lake and Port Renfrew with further spot brushing along Highway 14 to improve visibility for drivers.
  • Duncan – culvert installation and erosion repair of a tidal ditch along Tzouhalem Road through Cowichan Tribes Reserve.
  • Campbell River - construction of sound wall fence along Highway 19A at Wei Wai Kum First Nation.
  • Duncan - installation of three culverts to facilitate the Western Toads migration across Barnjum Road and Riverbottom Road.