‘Significant delays’ for commuters in Esquimalt this week due to construction

'Significant delays' for commuters in Esquimalt this week due to construction
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Tillicum/Craigflower intersection.

The Township of Esquimalt is warning commuters of delays in the Tillicum/Craigflower area this week due to construction.

Work will be underway Monday to Friday, Oct. 23-27, with single-lane alternating traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Craigflower Road and the Gorge Bridge, according to the township.

That’s where crews will be milling and paving as part of the Lampson-Tillicum Active Transportation Project, it says in a release.

Traffic control personnel will be on hand to help direct traffic, and outside of construction times, two lanes will be open.

Crews will also be reprogramming signal sequencing at Craigflower and Tillicum roads on Tuesday “to improve the flow of vehicles going through the intersection…” the township says. “To do the work, the intersection will function as a four-way stop.

“Significant delays are expected…”

Lampson-Tillicum project plans include protected bike lanes on Tillicum Road from Gorge to Craigflower roads, with further connections to Lampson Street southbound on Tillicum and east/west on Craigflower.

The plans aim to improve infrastructure for people walking or cycling in the township.

In an earlier release, the township said 36 per cent of commuting trips were made by walking, cycling, or transit in the Victoria region.

“Lampson Street will include protected bike lanes from Esquimalt Road to Transfer Street and a short section of neighbourhood bikeways on Lampson between Craigflower and Transfer,” it says.

Crews have already removed an aging and redundant traffic signal at Head Street and Old Esquimalt Road, and a pedestrian crossing has been improved near that intersection.

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