According to a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure statement, there has been an error with the installation of six bus pads (the foundation structure for the bus shelters) along Sooke Rd. The additional work is expected to cost $90,000.
“The ministry can confirm that the bus pads at all six locations need to be re-done due to incorrect sizing in order to meet accessibility standards for all transit users,” reads the ministry statement. “This additional work is expected to be completed in 2 – 3 weeks.”
The four of the six bus pads closest to Sooke are located on both sides of the road at Harbourview and at Laidlaw (near the Shell station). The other two are located along Sooke Road at the West Shore Parkway.
Once the reconstruction of the bus pads is complete, “the ministry will work to complete the electrical requirements for the shelters, and we anticipate they will be finished in mid-May.”
The ministry maintains that the project is “still on track overall with the road widening construction at all three locations now complete.”
As per the ministry statement, once the work on the bus shelters are complete, the pull-outs will be operational. Buses will be able to move “fully out of traffic, reducing congestion and the risk of collisions, and providing a safe area for transit users to enter and exit the buses.”
The ministry is looking into what went wrong.
“The ministry is working with our contractor and design consultant to determine the cause of the issue and address the resulting cost increase.”
The installation of bus stops and bus pullouts was a part of the recently announced highway improvements specific to Sooke Road, Highway 14. As a provincial highway, these roads are maintained by the province (not the District).
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