Construction starting on new Gillespie bridge

Construction starting on new Gillespie bridge

Delays of up to 20 minutes expected Mondays through Saturdays

Construction is set to begin next week on building the new two-lane bridge on Gillespie Road at Roche Cove.

The bridge replacement project is part of the announced improvements to Highway 14.

“A new bridge at Roche Cove has been a long time coming, with more and more traffic coming to our growing region,” said Premier John Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca in a press release.

”It’s frustrating and inefficient to wait and take turns on the old one-way bridge, and unsafe for the drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who use this crossing.”

The $4.3-million project will replace the current single-lane bridge, built in 1928, on an improved road alignment, with 1.5-metre paved shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely.

“Gillespie Road is an important link for people in Sooke, those accessing parks, lodges and other recreational spots, and is a critical alternate route when the highway is closed,” said Transporation Minister Claire Trevena in a press release.

“Constructing a new, wider bridge ensures traffic can flow safely and effectively as people travel to, from and within Sooke.”

During construction, the ministry of transportation asks that people be patient, obey traffic control and watch for workers, as there are expected delays of up to 20 minutes Mondays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traffic delays are not expected to affect Sooke Road, only those travelling along Gillespie Road.