Province looking for feedback ahead of improvements on stretch of Malahat highway

Province looking for feedback ahead of improvements on stretch of Malahat highway
A rendering of safety improvements on the Trans-Canada Highway on the Malahat (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

The province is inviting the public to ask questions and provide feedback online, ahead of safety improvements on a stretch of the highway on the Malahat.

The improvements will be made on 1.7-Kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway that run through Goldstream park near Finlayson Arm Road.

Upgrades to the major roadway include widening and minor realignment to accommodate the installation of median barriers, wider paved shoulders, roadside barrier and improvements to the Finlayson Arm Road intersection.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says there are also elements to improve active transportation options and the safety and experience for Goldstream park visitors.

They include enhancing and protecting an existing trail overlooking the river parallel to the highway, improved parking and trail network connections, a pedestrian bridge over the Goldstream River and a safe pedestrian highway crossing structure.

The engagement will take place online between Aug. 20 and Sept. 20, 2020 here.

Officials say over 60 per cent of the Malahat corridor is now median divided, and that only Goldstream park and a four-kilometre section near the summit between Split Rock View Point and Bamberton remain undivided.

In the summer months, data shows more than 29,000 people drive Highway 1 through the Goldstream Park area every day.

Daily traffic has increased by around 4,000 cars a day over the past 10 years.


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