In a recent public address, the provincial ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the commitment of $85 million toward the building of an interchange at the congested McKenzie Avenue and Trans-Canada Highway intersection, intended to ease the infamous ‘Colwood Crawl.’ Work will begin in late 2016.
While welcoming the news, Sooke Chamber President Sean Dyble pointed out that much of the traffic currently impacted by the sad state of the highway infrastructure originates from Sooke with an estimated 14,000 vehicles each day travelling the most westerly stretch of Highway 14. He makes the point that the people of the Sooke region have been very patient but the time has come to meet their growing needs.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Dyble points out that a relatively small add-on in the range of 10 million dollars invested in the worst part of Highway 14 could be used make improvements to the most dangerous parts of the route including straightening out, widening in some places to allow for the provision of two or three passing lanes and the installation of night lighting. Previous studies have shown that lighting is a major factor in accident prevention and is the easiest and less costly part of needed improvements since electricity is already in place throughout the length of the highway.
The Sooke regional population has grown by 17% in the past four years and is forecast to increase by a further 40% by 2026. That population expansion will place major pressures on highway infrastructure brought about by the greater vehicular growth.
“It may be some years before such an opportunity presents itself again” says Dyble “The time to make these much needed improvements has come and the provincial government should seize the moment with longer range vision.”
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