-Highway 14 Updates, from Sooke Mayor Maja Tait; originally posted on Facebook
“The Otter Point/Murray/Hwy 14 intersection ‘Canada’s most South Western signalized intersection: Currently being improved with left-turn arrows on two sides (that currently don’t have them). The arms and supports will need to be replaced and the hydro line upgraded.
“The current project of bus lane/stop enhancements is scheduled to complete by the end of March/early April. Bus shelters have been ordered and will be installed upon arrival. Pedestrian crosswalks are being reviewed now, and where possible will be installed with the next phase.
“The existing bridge in East Sooke will remain open while the new (double lane bridge) is installed. The road will remain open through construction with some construction stoppages and/or single lane alternating traffic while the new bridge is installed.
“The Ministry staff is examining the policy to have more effective messaging (accidents, detours, construction) put on the digital sign that is at the 4 lanes. Messages are controlled by the Mainland office with set criteria.
“Line painting with the improved ‘BC Bead’ paint will be installed sometime between May and October. Starting in 2019 it will be refreshed twice/annum.
“District and Ministry staff are working together on a design and the location(s) to install sidewalks/multi-use trail from Otter Point to Whiffin Spit.
“Design work continues on the Sooke River Road intersection.
“Transit improvements will be addressed when the Commission starts the service plan review for Sooke later this year.
“Ministry staff are preparing for a public open house to be held late Spring/early Summer to share the corridor study and to obtain feedback. Will share the date/location once it has been confirmed.”