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In Sooke, Charters Road revamp aims to address long-standing issues

The project will include road repairs, restructuring, and the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes
Charters Road will receive a lomng-awaited upgrade this spring, which includes new sidewalks and bike lanes. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

The start of a significant construction endeavour aimed at addressing a persistent issue along Charters Road, a vital thoroughfare in Sooke, is scheduled to begin soon.

The project will include repairs, restructuring, and the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes, addressing a critical need expressed by residents for years.

Following the November 2021 atmospheric river event, the northbound lane (east side of the road) was compromised. Since then, the district has been working to secure funding to repair and enhance the road corridor.

“We know this has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Maja Tait in a press release. “The alternative would be applying short-term fixes that would have cost us more in the long run and left us without sidewalks we know are a priority for the community.

“The patience will be rewarded with vastly improved infrastructure in this area.”

Throughout the project, traffic flow will alternate between lanes, with intermittent full closures anticipated for approximately one year. A more extensive closure is projected for the installation of culverts and related preparatory works. The endeavour aims to initiate this phase following substantial progress on the Church/Throup roundabout.

Crews will begin work early in the new year.

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