Langford, SD62 to spend $6M on safety improvements on eight streets


The City of Langford and Sooke School District will spend $6 million to upgrade infrastructure on eight streets in the municipality.

Langford is kicking in most of the funding, with $3.195 million to be spent in 2024 then $2.65 million in 2025. The Sooke School District will contribute $250,000 for upgrades near Ruth King Elementary.

“There are areas throughout the City where key sidewalk connections are either non-existent or incomplete, which discourages students of all ages and abilities from using alternative modes of transportation to get to and from school,” Scott Goodmanson, Langford’s mayor said.

“Council is committed to providing safe, active transportation infrastructure for all residents, especially for vulnerable users.”

Six Langford streets will receive sidewalk improvements, one will have a multi-use path and one intersection will receive active transportation upgrades.

Many of the projects are near schools, and the projects were targeted to areas without sidewalks or pathways where development or frontage projects are unlikely to occur soon.

“With the unveiling of enhanced infrastructure around schools and neighbouring communities, the City of Langford reinforces its commitment to safe and accessible active travel routes for both students and residents,” stated Amanda Dowhy, board chair of the Sooke School District.

The eight streets to receive improvements are Treanor Avenue, Atkins Road, Matson Road, Hoylake Avenue Happy Valley Road, Glen Lake Road, Bellamy Road, and the intersection at Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue.

  • Treanor between the City Gate and Lakewood Elementary will have streetlights installed and drainage improvements
  • Homes between 590 and 594 Atkins will have will have sidewalk infill close to Savory Elementary
  • Matson between Brock Avenue and Ruth King Elementary will have more formalized parallel parking, and path and sidewalk infill
  • Hoylake will have sidewalk infill connecting to Millstream Elementary and additional formalized parking scallops
  • Happy Valley between Englewood Avenue and 3422 Happy Valley will have sidewalk infill and a crosswalk addition at Hazelwood Road
  • Glen Lake will have sidewalk infill connecting to the existing sidewalk and bike lane improvements
  • Bellamy will have a multi-use path near Millstream Elementary
  • Veterans Memorial at Goldstream will have increased pedestrian and cyclist refuge areas, elephant foot crossing and a review of the signalization timing.

The funding for the projects comes from Langford’s general amenity fund, ICBC provided an unspecified amount from its Road Improvement Program, and the city recently received a $766,000 grant from the B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program.

Langford says all of the projects are expected to be complete in 2024 and 2025.

There are no start dates for the projects yet, the projects will be going out for tender soon.

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