The federal and provincial governments are set to spend a total of 34 million dollars to improve the Malahat highway over a five kilometer stretch.
34 million dollars in improvements are coming to a section of the Malahat Highway next year.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone made the announcement today, the money funded from both the provincial and federal governments.
The focus of work is the section of the Trans-Canada highway that passes through an area known as “Malahat Village”.
Five kilometres of road will be widened to four lanes, with wide shoulders.
And three kilometres of medians will be installed.
“It’s a pretty significant project,” says BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone.
“It’s a total 34 million dollar net investment in the malahat, five kilometres of four laning, and three kilometres of median barriers.”
Stone adds, “it’s the next most important section to do based on collision history in the corridor.”
“We were averaging almost a fatality a year in the Langford area,” says Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett.
“Since the initiatives began a number of years ago, and they are done in stages, it’s becoming less and less.”
Beckett adds, “I can’t recall the last time we went to a fatality in the Langford area.”
Construction is expected to begin early next year, and completed sometime in 2018.