Esquimalt to seek funding again for Admirals Road improvements

Proposed upgrades would trade in traffic lanes for traffic islands, bike lanes

One of the busiest streets in Esquimalt may go under the knife to receive bicycle lanes and traffic-calming measures, if outside funding can be secured.

The township is applying for a second time to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for $2.8 million, enough to pay for a makeover to Admirals Road from Maplebank Road to Lyall Street.

The conceptual plans call for bike lanes, traffic-calming islands, improved storm-water collection systems, new bus shelters and a new asphalt coating on the road, as well as scaling back the roadway from four lanes to two.

Calling the project an “attractive opportunity,” Coun. Lynda Hundleby said, “Certainly with Admirals Road, if we had more bikes and less cars, it would be a lot less congested. So our hope would be that we have more bikes.”

Council last week echoed pros and cons that were raised last spring.

They expressed enthusiasm for improved safety along the narrow roadway, but also concern that a reduction in traffic lanes could increase congestion or impact businesses.

When the township did a preliminary analysis of the corridor, it was determined that the “loss of level of service is maybe one degree,” said engineering and public works director Jeff Miller. “But that would have happened as we had growth anyways.”

The study that came to council last spring revealed that Admirals Road hosts more than 4.6 million vehicle trips a year. That stretch of road is used heavily by personnel at CFB Esquimalt, and Victoria Shipyards at the Esquimalt Graving Dock.

It is important to note, Miller said, that workforce levels at CFB Esquimalt are not expected to increase.

Victoria Shipyards has indicated that once its current hiring blitz is done, the number of workers is not expected to change for some time, Miller added.

Safety on Admirals Road is of paramount concern to Coun. Meagan Brame.

“Right now you wouldn’t catch me riding a bike down that (road), because it scares (me),” she said.

The deadline to request funding is Aug. 31. The plan includes holding open houses to elicit public feedback.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Radio Host Erin Davis pens Mourning Has Broken following death of her daughter

Book by North Saanich woman gives advice to others struggling with grief

Bed Races on Beacon champs ready to defend their title

Race takes place July 7 on Beacon Avenue, raising funds for the Peninsula Youth Clinic

Saanich preschool celebrates 30 years with reunion event

Thousands invited RSVP for Carrot Seed Preschool 30-year celebration

Belgian man searches for family of fallen First World War soldier from Victoria

Mark Edward Berton attended Victoria High School and has his grave in Flanders Field

REPLAY: The best videos from across B.C. this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week in the province

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Most Read