A multi-vehicle crash backed up traffic in both directions on the Pat Bay Highway near Keating Cross Road Thursday afternoon. Hugo Wong/Black Press

Planned highway flyover will meet Pat Bay traffic’s ‘highest priority needs,’ ministry says

Proposed design won’t address truck traffic heading towards the Keating Industrial area

While Central Saanich is celebrating the federal government’s allocation of funds for a Keating Cross Road flyover, the project has taken decades to get to the design stage.

On Monday the federal government announced more than $16 million towards the estimated $44 million-dollar project, which will serve northbound traffic crossing the highway, preventing the backlog of cars in the turning lane for Keating Cross Road.

READ ALSO: Federal funding paves way for Pat Bay Highway overpass at Keating Cross Road

But as it is currently planned, the flyover won’t alleviate truck traffic heading towards the Keating Industrial area, much of which currently takes routes through residential areas and past Keating Elementary School – traffic that some say could be reduced or eliminated by a full-service interchange.

“We try to designate the most appropriate truck route,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor. “We monitor that area for speed. A truck going by a school is not ideal but it can be managed.

“This [flyover] is not going to solve all the issues as maybe a full movement interchange might, but that is a much much bigger project,” Windsor added. “The safety issue we’re try to address is the left turn.”

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the flyover was chosen “to meet the highest priority need of traffic travelling to and from the south.”

“The new flyover will eliminate the left turn across highway traffic, improve access for businesses and neighbourhoods in the Keating area, and make the highway safer for everyone who uses it,” MOTI stated in an email.

The province added that its analysis of roads in the area showed that traffic to and from the south will continue to be served by the current Island View traffic signal.

READ ALSO: Saanich councillor slams McKenzie Interchange Project

“The ministry will continue to monitor traffic and growth along the corridor and will plan for future infrastructure to maintain the safety of the corridor while promoting mobility.”

MOTI is yet to obtain any property specific to the project but is proceeding with further detailed engineering work and public consultation to confirm its “exact design and footprint.”

“It is expected that there will be some impacts to local property owners,” MOTI stated. “Those owners who are potentially affected will be contacted by the ministry as soon as the impacts are defined.”

Windsor acknowledged that while the project hasn’t been a top priority throughout Central Saanich history, it has been around the top of the list for his government for a long time.

“In my time we’ve been moving in this direction and we’re here now,” he said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

UVic students return from Hong Kong amidst growing tension

All eight University of Victoria exchange students have returned to Canada

ICBC, province urge residents to plan ahead for winter weather

Greater Victoria should gear up and have a plan in place

65-million-year-old triceratops makes its debut in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur

Tillicum Centre evacuated after false alarm in Save-On-Foods

A fire alarm was mistakenly activated by falling food

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Canucks erupt with 5 power-play goals in win over Nashville

Vancouver ends three-game slide with 6-3 triumph over Predators

Nanaimo man caught with more than 200,000 child porn images to be sentenced

Crown says Aaron Macrae recorded video of children on buses and at his workplace

Vancouver Island hunters may have harvested deer in area known for chronic wasting disease

Conservation officers make urgent request to public for any information

B.C. widow suing health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed her husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Changes to B.C. building code address secondary suites, energy efficiency

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the changes will help create more affordable housing

Most Read