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Substantial completion reached for Highway 14 Island work

Substantial completion reached for Highway 14 Island work
PROVINCE OF B.C. — Upgrade work has been completed on a critical highway project on Vancouver Island.

SOOKE, B.C. — Life just got a lot smoother for travellers using Highway 14.

Crews have substantially completed improvements to Highway 14 between Otter Point Road and Woodhaven Road.

The province said it is an important milestone in the Highway 14 Corridor Improvements Project.

The project included resurfacing 11 kilometres of the highway west of Sooke and building slow-moving vehicle pullouts west of Invermuir Road for eastbound traffic, and west of Shirley for westbound traffic.

As well, 1.2-metre paved shoulders were added to both sides of this stretch of Highway 14, significantly improving safety for people who use active modes of travel along the rural corridor.

Other improvements include:

  • concrete barrier installation on select road edges and approaches to bridges to enhance safety;
  • pavement-marking improvements, including reflective centre line markers and painted lines to separate travel lanes from shoulders;
  • road-base upgrades at sections around Kirby and Muir Creek locations to strengthen the driving surface, improving resiliency;
  • drainage improvements to prevent flooding on road grades during heavy rainfall; and
  • slope stabilization at selected locations to mitigate risk of slope failure.

The $13 million project is one piece of a larger effort to improve the corridor. The entire project is expected to cost $86 million. It is being delivered in partnership with the federal government. It is a set of upgrades designed to improve safety and travel times for the only east-west connection serving Vancouver Island’s Westshore.

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