Saanich warns of complete road closures along Shelbourne Street this summer

Saanich warns of complete road closures along Shelbourne Street this summer
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Shelbourne Street in Saanich is pictured in April 2024.

The District of Saanich is warning drivers of upcoming road closures along Shelbourne Street this summer due to construction.

From June 18 to July 1, all southbound traffic along Shelbourne Street will be closed between Cedar Hill Cross Road and North Dairy Road.

Then, from July 2 to 31, traffic will be closed in both directions along this same stretch of street 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Cars will have access to businesses and personal residences in the affected area,” said the district in a notice Thursday.

“Buses will be detoured, and emergency services have been notified of the closure.”

Pedestrians and cyclists will have full access to the street throughout the closures, says Saanich.

Years of construction

The upcoming road closures are part of the years-long Shelbourne Street Improvements Project.

Phase one of the project, which spanned from Torquay Drive to Garnet Road, wrapped up in June 2022.

The current phase, phase two, began shortly after and is expected to complete this September.

Phase two runs from Pear Street to North Dairy Road, and includes upgrades to underground infrastructure – like sewer lines and a water main – as well as improvements to bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping.

“Many of the improvements include upgrades to the vital underground utilities along Shelbourne, ensuring they continue to function safely and reliably far into the future,” said the district on Thursday.

“This work is complex and requires significant time to complete.”

After more than a year and a half of construction on this busy stretch of Shelbourne Street, residents are ready for this leg of the project to complete.

“It just made a hell of a mess. Dusty as hell inside all the time and you got to move your vehicle. I just wish they’d get it done,” said resident Larry Gerspacher in April.

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When phase two of the project is complete, phase three – which runs along Shelbourne Street between Garnet Road and Pear Street – will begin in December.

With files from CHEK’s Harry Corro

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