Aerial view shows the area through which the Westshore Parkway will be extended and connected to Sooke Road

Aerial view shows the area through which the Westshore Parkway will be extended and connected to Sooke Road

Looking ahead to Parkway completion

Connecting Sooke Road with TCH should alleviate traffic flow through the West Shore

What began as a plan a dozen or so years ago took major strides toward completion last week with the announcement that the West Shore Parkway extension between the Trans-Canada Highway and Sooke Road is moving forward.

The project has been a part of Langford’s master transportation plan, an Official Community Plan review and the Capital Regional District’s regional transportation strategy through the process, said Michelle Mahovlich, the City’s director of engineering.

It was also on the radar during the original rezoning for Westhills, she added.

“We are looking forward to making one of the last major connections through the city,” she said. “Our mayor, council and staff have worked very hard throughout this process. It’s good news for traffic flow; it will create a lot of jobs in our community and we’re excited it’s moving ahead.”

The $22.5-million project, a partnership between the federal and provincial governments and the City of Langford, involves connecting Highway 1 to Highway 14 with a 3.5-kilometre stretch of two lanes, with the integration of a middle turning lane where required. Other aspects of the roadway include bike lanes on both sides, sidewalks in residential areas, street lights, transit stops, boulevard medians and the installation of sewer and storm-water infrastructure.

Combined with the announcement of the construction of an interchange at the intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Admirals Road at the Trans Canada Highway, the two upgrades should go a long way toward addressing commuter concerns and improving the flow of traffic and safety between Victoria and Langford, one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada, as well as up-Island.

The grant also includes a dual left-turn lane on the Trans Canada for northbound traffic turning left onto West Shore Parkway.

While no rail service is currently using the old E&N tracks in the area, which run next to Langford Lake and the Kettle Creek neighbourhood, a level crossing will be created for the new road, much like those already in place on Station Avenue, Peatt Road and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Langford.

The City’s one-third share of the project costs, roughly $7.5 million, will be covered through its road cost development charge program. The municipality is managing all aspects of the project and will own the majority of roadways, with the Ministry of Transportation providing input to redevelop the intersections at both Sooke Road and the Trans Canada Highway.

“We will be tendering some design and the construction and some of the remaining detail design,” Mahovlich noted.

The construction schedule, which was submitted with Langford’s grant application, calls for the work to be completed by the end of 2017 or early 2018, she said. “The city plans on expediting that timeline as much as possible.”

news@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ron Sivorot, business director at Kennametal’s Langford site, the Greater Victoria facility that made a component being used on NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. (Jake Romphf, Black Press Media)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover using piece made at Kennametal’s Langford site

The Greater Victoria plant’s tooth blank is helping the rover’s drill collect rock cores

June Saxe, 2, enjoys the sunny shoreline at Whiffin Spit with her dad on March 5. The family had come out from Victoria for a day in the sunshine. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Warm weather brings Sooke’s Whiffin Spit to life

Visitors, locals enjoy warm weather at coastal viewpoint

Funding requests for the 2021 budget year, submitted by the Administration and Finance Committee, was approved by Langford council at the Feb. 16 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Food awareness, seniors among Langford’s approved 2021 funding requests

New and returning community organizations to receive financial boost

Underground utility installations are underway on Latoria Boulevard at Latoria Road near Royal Bay Secondary and on Metchosin Road south of Latoria Boulevard. (City of Colwood image)
Road work hinders Colwood drivers in Royal Bay

Underground utility installation could run most of March

A rockfall closed Finlayson Arm Road and West Shore Parkway on Friday (March 5) afternoon. (Twitter/BC Transportation)
UPDATED: Malahat reopens following rockfall

Section of Trans-Canada Highway was scheduled for intermittent closures today for rock scaling work

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. top doctor has power to restrict access to a place during health hazard: lawyer

Under B.C.’s Public Health Act, Jacqueline Hughes says, Henry can restrict or prevent entry to a place

Most Read