On Friday, March 31, the BC Government announced that work is beginning to improve the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) between Shawnigan Lake Road and Aspen Road.
Through this latest project, five kilometres of Highway 1 will be four-laned with wider shoulders. Upgrades will also include the installation of new median barrier plus the construction of frontage roads and a new turnaround, and improved overhead lighting at intersections to help ensure safer access on and off the highway.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2018. Every effort will be made to minimize traffic delays related to construction, particularly during peak commuter periods. Travellers may encounter brief stoppages for blasting, tree falling, and equipment crossings, and are encouraged to check www.DriveBC.ca or the ministry’s social media channels for travel updates.
The project will improve safety, access and traffic flow for local residents, tourists and commercial drivers. When this upgrade through the Malahat Village is finished, there will be an 11-kilometre-long section between Finlayson Arm Road and the Malahat Summit with safer intersections and median barrier to protect against crossover collisions. In total, over 65% of the Malahat corridor will then be median divided.
- The total estimated cost of the project is $34 million, with the Province contributing $20 million and the Government of Canada funding up to $14 million.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposed over $10 billion over 11 years in trade and transportation projects across Canada.
- Government of Canada’s $180-billion-plus infrastructure plan in Budget 2017
- Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia
- New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
- Project information
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