Reconstruction on Church Road will continue for another six to eight weeks, according to the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Reconstruction on Church Road will continue for another six to eight weeks, according to the District of Sooke. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Road improvement projects in Sooke hampered by lengthy delays

Weather-related repairs, remaining corridor work have set projects back by about eight weeks

Areas along Church Road and Otter Point Road in Sooke have been lined with traffic barrels and other construction equipment since summer, and after delays in construction, more delays are expected.

Jeff Carter, the District of Sooke’s director of operations, said a combination of weather-related repairs and remaining corridor work had set both projects back by about eight weeks.

In August, works crews began upgrading utility services and resurfacing Church Road from Sooke Road to Wadams Way. Shortly afterwards, work began on upgrades to Otter Point Road to Wadams Way, including new sidewalks and bike lanes. Both projects were expected to be completed in November.

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“Most major delays are behind us now as all deep utility works are finished as well as curb works, road grading, most paving, and the majority of the concrete pours for the sidewalk infrastructure. Minor delays are still anticipated while these corridors are being finished and final construction is realized,” Carter said in a statement.

Other works are also continuing throughout the district:

• Crews are working on temporary repairs to Charters Road after weather-related damage, and design work is being completed for significant upgrades. The district is meeting with Emergency Management B.C. to secure additional funding, which would speed up the reconstruction of the road.

• The Otter Point Road sinkhole has been excavated, and a new road base applied. The road is expected to be re-paved in February or March.

• In addition to district projects, other temporary impacts may occur due to utility works, events and other activities, Carter said.

For more information on District of Sooke projects, please go online to sooke.ca.



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