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New bridge near Sooke provides needed upgrades for area residents

JOC News Service
New bridge near Sooke provides needed upgrades for area residents

EAST SOOKE, B.C. — A new two-lane bridge with paved shoulders near Sooke, B.C. on Vancouver Island is complete.

The 65-metre, $4.3-million concrete bridge is the main alternate route to Highway 14 for those living in the region and it replaces an old single-lane 30-metre timber bridge built in 1928.

Work on the project included dedicated paving shoulders for cyclists and pedestrians, improved road alignment and an upgraded transit bus pull-out.

“The bridge is an important link for East Sooke and Metchosin residents and part of the emergency route when Highway 14 is closed. The old single-lane bridge was aging and slow for commuters. This new bridge will better serve the growing region and local residents,” B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement.

Horgan is also the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca.

“The bridge will not only provide an alternative route for Highway 14, it will provide a first-class permanent connection for East Sooke residents. Absolutely fantastic,” added Juan de Fuca electoral area director Mike Hicks, in a statement.

The project is part of ongoing Highway 14 corridor improvements first announced last January. An improved intersection at Sooke River Road began construction in November and is scheduled for completion by summer 2019, and a bus-queue jump lane is scheduled to begin construction early in 2019 with completion in the spring.

Three new bus pull-outs on both sides of Highway 14, new safety signs, highway line painting and a new rest area at Sombrio Beach are complete. A slow-moving vehicle pull-out east of Muir Creek has also been completed.

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