New light planned for Mann and Glanford

New light expected to reduce traffic congestion during construction on the Wilkinson corridor

Construction of a traffic light at the Mann and Glanford avenues intersection will begin soon.

The intersection was already on the cusp or warranting a traffic light, said Saanich director of engineering Harley Machielse.

Council was expected to approve the project at Monday’s (Nov. 23) council meeting.

The project got the go ahead in anticipation of the Wilkinson Bridge replacement, which is expected to divert a great amount of traffic next year.

“The main reason for the project was the result of consultation undertaken for Wilkinson Bridge replacement,” Machielse said. “Feedback from the public [showed a concern over] the traffic impact during major construction on the Wilkinson corridor.”

Mann and Glanford will have a new traffic signal, new bike lanes connecting to Quadra Street, and improved sidewalks and connections to transit stops.

The Wilkinson Bridge replacement project was actually delayed so that Saanich can install the Mann-Glanford light.

Wilkinson will begin in spring, and Machielse said Saanich expects fairly large disruptions in traffic as well as partial to full closure of Wilkinson during the bridge replacement.