Long-awaited work to upgrade a dangerous stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway from Leigh Road to the West Shore Parkway is set to begin at the end of September.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the highway will be widened to four lanes for a two-kilometre stretch.
A new northbound through lane will also be constructed at the Westshore Parkway intersection, with the northbound merge moved to the Goldstream Park side of the signal.
When completed, it is expected the work will reduce travel times for those who rely on that section of the TCH.
Safety upgrades will also be carried out as part of the project, with a concrete median barrier put up along 1.2 kilometres of the highway to separate opposing lanes of traffic.
The Ministry had installed reflective posts along more than a kilometre of that same stretch of highway in March following a series of serious crashes.
Windley Contracting of Nanaimo has been awarded a $9.7-million contract for the project.
Work on the upgrades is scheduled to begin in late September and is expected to be finished in the summer of 2021.