Loop ramp opens on the McKenzie Interchange in Saanich

Loop ramp opens on the McKenzie Interchange in Saanich

Starting this Saturday, drivers exiting McKenzie Avenue off Highway 1 southbound will be using the new loop ramp at the McKenzie Interchange.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said on Friday night and into Saturday morning, the traffic signals at the McKenzie Interchange will be reconfigured for the new traffic movement.

Signals will be turned off while the changeover occurs.

During this time, drivers are asked to use extra caution through the interchange and obey the direction of traffic control personnel.

With the loop ramp open, the exit from Highway 1 southbound to McKenzie Avenue and Admirals Road will be in the same location.

Signage will direct drivers to the correct lane upon exiting the highway – staying right for Admirals Road or proceeding around the loop directly onto the overpass for McKenzie Avenue.

The McKenzie Interchange project, a new interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway at the Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue intersection, is scheduled to be finished later this summer.

The original cost of the project was $85 million, but in 2019, the provincial government confirmed the cost was $11 million over budget at $96 million. The federal government contributed over $32.6 million under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component- National and Regional Projects and the Government of British Columbia funded the remaining $63.35 million.

The interchange was originally supposed to be finished in 2018 after work started in September 2016.

The completion date was then pushed to the end of 2019 and then in April, the timeline was changed again for the project to end in summer 2020.


Recent Stories

Send us your news tips and videos!