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Financing sorted for Keating Cross Overpass Project

Financing sorted for Keating Cross Overpass Project
PROVINCE OF B.C. - B.C. has announced it will contribute $57.6 million to build the Highway 17 Keating Cross Overpass Project near Saanich.

SAANICH, B.C. – Funding has been secured for a B.C. overpass project.

Officials announced the province will contribute $57.6 million towards building the Highway 17 Keating Cross Overpass Project.

The $76.8-million project is being delivered in partnership with Ottawa and the District of Central Saanich. The federal government will contribute as much as $16.7 million through the New Building Canada Fund’s National Regional Project stream.

“Investments in road infrastructure ensure Canadians have access to alternative and safe options for commuting,” said Harjit Sajjan, federal minister of international development and minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, in a press release. “Adding a flyover overpass in Saanich will create jobs, reduce travel time and build stronger communities. Our government is proud to help support a strong regional economy.”

The project will replace the northbound left turn onto Keating Cross Road with a flyover overpass, eliminating the need to turn across busy highway traffic and cutting congestion. Officials noted the project will improve access to areas like the Keating Business Park, which supports more than 3,000 jobs.

“This project will help make Highway 17 safer for everyone who uses it and will help decrease congestion and improve connectivity for residents and local businesses,” said Rob Fleming, B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure. “The Patricia Bay Highway plays a critical role in connecting communities on the south Island to the services and goods they depend on, and I’m excited for work to get underway.”

Crews will also create bus infrastructure, realign ramps, widen roads and add sidewalks.

The final design is nearing completion and the project tender is expected to be posted by fall. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2025.

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