The following Frequently Asked Questions about the Sooke roundabout comes from the Sooke.ca website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Highway 14 will not be closed, however, there will be a reduced traffic speed and periodically, single lane traffic during the construction period. The goal is not to completely close Highway 14 for any length of time. If you wish to avoid the road construction, the newly constructed Wadams Way is available as an alternate route.
- How will the road construction affect businesses and residences on Highway 14?
Every effort will be made by the District and Ministry to minimize the affect the road construction will be on businesses and residents on Highway 14. If you have any concerns, please contact the Project Manager.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]
- How does a roundabout work? How can large trucks travel through the Town Centre?
Roundabouts have been in use for many years throughout the world and more recently, on Vancouver Island as they encourage continuous traffic movement. Many people have expressed their concern that large trucks (such as logging trucks) will not be able to travel through the Town Centre. Large trucks will continue to be able to navigate through the roundabout by simply driving (essentially) straight through the roundabout. The medians in the middle of the roundabout are designed in such a way that large vehicles will actually drive over the median.
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- When will the road construction start?
The Ministry is managing the project and hopes to award the contract for construction in May 2015 and the construction should start shortly thereafter. Completion is expected by Fall 2015.
- What about the existing utilities poles and drainage?
The District and Ministry are working with BC Hydro and other utility companies to re-position poles as necessary to accommodate the road widening and sidewalks. Storm drainage systems will be reviewed and upgraded/modified as required.
- What will the roundabout and sidewalk project cost?
The actual roundabout and sidewalk construction costs are yet to be finalized. The roundabout funding will come from the Gas Tax fund, a grant from ICBC and $300,000 from the Ministry.
- Additional information on the Highway 14 Improvements from the Sooke.ca website