District of Sooke Council has approved the purchase of strategic properties for road dedication in the Sooke town centre, one on Church Road for the Connector Road project and two others south of Sooke Road for the future town centre road network.
“We are at the beginning of several major road projects and the road dedication purchases are a key step towards our goal of building a major new road network for Sooke,” said Mayor Wendal Milne. “The Church Road dedication purchase will provide the ‘missing link’ for the Connector Road project from Church to Otter Point Road and the road dedications south of Sooke Road will open up a new north-south connection to the water in the town core.”
In their 2013-2014 Corporate Strategic Priorities, council approved the re-alignment of the Connector Road from Church Road to Otter Point Road. The proposed road project is expected to provide an alternate route through Sooke which will reduce traffic demands and improve safety on Highway 14 (Sooke Road). The Connector Road will also have multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The purchase of the property south of Sooke Road will initiate the road network that will become the gateway to the town centre on the waterfront. The road will improve public views of the waterfront from Sooke Road and also provide much needed public access to the beautiful Sooke Harbour and basin.
The next step in the process is the completion of the property purchases which is expected by the end of October 2013. The District has begun the road design for the roads and multi-use trail.