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Extra time needed to travel over the Malahat this summer — 3 Comments

  1. I commute to Duncan every weekday for work, and it is never a problem in the morning going my way (even the other way doesn’t look horrendous, just slower). It’s just slower, and if everyone merges nicely it’s fine. Maybe adds 10-15 minutes onto my commute.

    The issue is going northbound in peak times (after work) and on weekends (including Friday). Merging all of that traffic into one lane, while also slowing to 60 (which really means 20-30 with so much traffic) makes it back up VERY fast. I’m always amazed on my drive home how quickly traffic is backed up going north. Long weekends it’s awful.

    What I don’t understand is why the traffic cones going northbound are still in place when the workers are not working. From what I can see, there is no reason to keep the northbound lane blocked during peak times, when no one is working. That would ease a ton of traffic back up.

    Otherwise – plan for extra time, merge nicely, and have patience…it is what it is.

  2. They should just shut the passing lane down right at the beginning. Don’t even give the option of a passing lane since all northbound traffic merges to one lane at Leigh Rd overpass anyways.