Sooke commuters were met with standstill traffic in the early morning hours. SPN was on the road before 8am, and traffic along Church, Otter Point and West Coast Road were all at a standstill feeding into the parking lot previously known as Sooke Road or BC Highway 14.
According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure:
“The contractor for the Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road project implemented single lane alternating traffic to facilitate the installation of a culvert last night. This traffic pattern was scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as communicated on DriveBC, however, unexpected ground conditions encountered during the work meant additional excavation was required. This delayed the work and the full reopening of the highway to approximately 7:40 a.m. Traffic patterns returned to normal around 9 a.m. We would like to thank drivers for their patience this morning as this work was carried out.”
Besides impacting commuters, the traffic fiasco also affected students.
“Slow start to the morning likely for schools in the Sooke area,” read a tweet from SD62. “Staff are at the schools to monitor students and keep them happy and safe. ”
Businesses in Sooke were also impacted, with some not able to open at their scheduled time as key (or, as the case may be, key-carrying) personnel were late to arrive.
BC Transit also got in on the action tweeting, “#YYJ#RiderAlert – Western Communities – due to construction on Sooke Road please expect major delays. Please allow extra time for travel.” At least one bus left Sooke with “Ride for Free” showing on the front-of-bus display screen.
By 9 am, while the road may have been fully opened, there was still a significant amount of congestion that still took a period of time to clear up.
Construction work between Manzer Rd and Kangaroo Rd for 3.5 km (Metchosin to Sooke) is expected to continue well into 2022.