SOOKE, B.C. — The Highway 14 realignment project near Sooke, B.C. is moving to the final design stage following feedback from those living in the region.
A consultation summary report for the project has been released after public feedback was gathered from Dec. 3, 2019 to Jan. 15, 2020.
On Dec. 3, 150 people attended an open house in Sooke to look at proposed designs and the ministry of transportation and infrastructure also received 200 submissions online, by email and through letters.
Improvements to Highway 14 will include widening and realigning approximately 1.5 kilometres of road between Glinz Lake Road and Connie Road, a new “park and ride” lot on Gillespie Road and pavement resurfacing and shoulder widening along over 10 kilometres between Otter Point Road and Woodhaven Road.
Updates to the design of the Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road portion of the project will include a new pedestrian underpass just east of Glinz Lake Road/Polymede Place along with eastbound and westbound bus bays, and a connector road between Manzer Road and Gillespie Road.
Culvert sizes will be increased and median barriers with road-level holes will be strategically placed to help keep small mammals from being trapped on the highway. Approximately 30 streetlights will also be added.
The corridor improvements will cost a total of $85.7 million, with the federal government contributing up to $30.2 million through the New Building Canada Fund and provincial government providing up to $55.5 million.
The Otter Point Road to Woodhaven Road section will go to tender this spring and once the final design is completed the Highway 14 realignment will go to tender in the summer.
Updated project designs and the consultation summary report are available at www.gov.bc.ca/highway14.