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Work begins on Colquitz bridge widening

Work begins on Colquitz bridge widening

SAANICH, B.C. – Work has started on the Colquitz River Bridges widening project along Highway 1 in Saanich, B.C.

The project will widen and seismically retrofit both existing two-lane bridges over Burnside Road on Highway 1, a release said.

A bus-on-shoulder lane will be added to each bridge, connecting the bus lanes in both directions from Tillicum Road to the McKenzie Interchange.

Initial work took place overnight on June 4 and work will take place Sunday through Thursday nights until July 4 with no work planned on Friday or Saturday nights.

During this time, the northbound right lane will be closed to support widening work for the eastbound Colquitz Bridge, the release said.

While the lane is closed for construction, the maximum width for vehicles travelling through the route is 3.5 metres and the speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/h at all times for the duration of the project. The left lane and off-ramp to Burnside Drive will remain open.

Construction timing is based on weather and low traffic-volume times to ensure minimal impact to travellers in advance of the summer travel season.

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