Yesterday, they ceremoniously broke ground. Let the madness begin.
The start of construction on the much-anticipated Highway 1 Admirals Road/ McKenzie interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Victoria has begun, said B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. This, just over a year after it was first announced.
“We’re going to minimize the delays as much as we possibly can,” Stone promises.
The new interchange will be located on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Victoria and, once completed, will include improved access for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users. The final design announced in spring of this year reflects input from stakeholders, including the District of Saanich and other local governments, community associations, cycling groups, First Nations, emergency service providers, park stewards, nearby schools and BC Transit.
Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. of Surrey has been awarded a $16.7-million contract to realign and widen the Galloping Goose Trail with a new bridge crossing over McKenzie Avenue. Work will also involve placing preload materials to compress soft soils, installing a temporary pedestrian overpass over the Trans-Canada Highway and removing the old one, and relocating a main waterline. In 2017, a second construction tender package will be issued to build the interchange and the new pedestrians and cyclists overpass over the Trans-Canada. Construction of the interchange is expected to be finished in late 2018.
Crews will be working mainly outside of peak periods and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff will be monitoring traffic 24/7 to ensure delays are kept minimal. As well, pedestrians and cyclists will be protected with a well-marked, fenced-off safe route through the construction zone. Regular updates and advance notification will be provided as needed through DriveBC, social media, traffic advisories, changeable message signs, and on the project website.
- The total estimated cost of the Highway 1 Admirals Road/McKenzie interchange is $85 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $32,647,500 under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects and the Government of British Columbia funding the remaining $52,352,500.
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