WATCH: the two kilometre stretch between Goldstream Park and Leigh Road currently has three lanes, but now the Province is planning on adding another northbound lane and installing a median barrier.
“The number one reason we are moving forward with these continue four-laning improvements is safety,” said Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “We do know you dramatically reduce collisions and fatalities when you put up a median barrier and you have four lanes.”
Engineers have started work on the design and this process will take more than a year, then there will be consultations.
Construction is expected to start in 2017 or 2018 and will take about a year and a half.
“There is a fair bit of environmental consideration that will be wrapped around this project. We want to ensure the existing drainage that is in place is enhanced,” said Stone.
This Trans-Canada Highway improvement is one of several being planned for Greater Victoria. Construction on this section will overlap with work on McKenzie Interchange and West Shore Parkway.
The transportation minister said there will be some traffic delays.
“We are going to do as much of the work in off-peak commute times as we possible, to minimize disruptions to the travelling public,” he said.
A few months ago, the Province completed the Leigh Road Interchange. And last year it announced it would connect the West Shore Parkway to Sooke Road.
Langford Mayor Stew Young says all this is great news for his municipality.
“Langford is way ahead of what we were when I first took over, we had no infrastructure and no improvements, and we are doing so well right now,” he said.
“The $80-million of infrastructure that is around that Leigh Road interchange, it will probably be 10 or 15 fold in the investment back in the community and the jobs.”
With more and more people travelling on this highway, the hope is there will be less accidents and fatalities.