VICTORIA — The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure of British Columbia has confirmed the completion of extensive repair work on the Malahat Highway 1 corridor. The repairs address the significant damage sustained by the Tunnel Hill section following the intense rain and floods in 2021.
According to a recent press release, the restoration work has resulted in a smoother and more reliable route for the over 35,000 daily commuters.
The washout on Nov. 15, 2021, which saw around 50 metres of the northbound lane collapse, necessitated urgent temporary measures to stabilize the slope and re-establish two-way traffic. The subsequent permanent reconstruction has fortified the highway against potential future climate-related challenges. It includes an expanded retaining wall from 80 to 100 metres and improved drainage systems designed to cope with severe weather conditions.
This project was the first to be sanctioned for permanent highway repair in the wake of the 2021 rain and flood events in the province. The repair work, which started in July 2022, was finalized this month, concluding with paving, line painting, barrier installations and additional finishing touches.