The following comes from Sooke mayor, Maja Tait, via Facebook:
“There has been extensive media coverage lately regarding Highway 14, and it saddens me to hear of tragic accidents and my thoughts are with the families and friends affected.
“The Province is working through their study and we expect to receive it (hopefully) soon. The study that commenced in 2016 covered the route from Sooke River Road to the 4 lanes. When this study was completed last year and presented to our MLA [BC Premier John Horgan], he felt it was incomplete and needed more work. As our MLA for many years, he is very aware of what our residents experiences are.
“Thus, the Province has expanded the scope to include the Highway within Sooke and out to Port Renfrew, as well as improvements to emergency detour routes.
“In the meantime, Ministry staff are working on improvements within Sooke, like the Otter Point/Murray intersection, Sooke River Road intersection, pedestrian safety, as well as Transit for improvements to bus stops, additional park and rides etc.
“Why do a study and why is it necessary? That is likely the process needed to prioritize and fund improvements.
“I’m looking forward to receiving the study and sharing it as soon as it is available. And will most certainly advocate that appropriate funding be dedicated to both short and long term improvements.
“In the meantime as always, I appreciate your comments and feedback and wish you safe travels on the Highway.”
Feel free to leave your comments below, or link through to her Facebook page and share your thoughts there.