Tattersall Drive closed for summer starting Monday

Beginning as soon as Monday, you’re going to have to find a new route if Tattersall Drive is your usual shortcut across town.

Beginning as soon as Monday, you’re going to have to find a new route if Tattersall Drive is your usual shortcut across town.

A 450-metre stretch of the east-west running road will be shut down for the entire summer while a new sewage system is installed deep underground.

Tattersall, from Savannah Avenue to Calumet Avenue, will be closed completely – except to local traffic, emergency vehicles and pedestrians – until early September.

“Normally there’s about 10,000 cars a day on Tattersall, so it’s not a very busy road,” said Jim Hemstock, manager of transportation with Saanich. “The reason we’ve got it scheduled this way is school’s out, the university’s out, so traffic volume’s lower. If we can get cleaned up by Labour Day, we should be fine.”

Once the road is reopened, it’ll remain single-lane alternating for approximately two months until repairs along the entire stretch undergoing maintenance, between Quadra and Saanich, are complete.

The infrastructure replacement is more than six metres deep at certain portions of the road, Hemstock said, which is why the complete closure is necessary.

Changes to the road won’t only be subterranean.

When completely reopened by the end of the year, Tattersall will have bike lanes, sidewalks on both sides, parking bays, newly planted trees and rain gardens.

The intersection where Saanich Road meets Tattersall will be realigned as well.

Project manager Jamie Rose said there are enough alternate routes through that portion of the community – Cloverdale, McKenzie, Quadra – that one single detour isn’t being suggested.

“We are expecting to see higher traffic volumes on several alternate routes and the network should be able to handle the change in patterns, but we will definitely keep an eye on things once we start work and make any necessary changes,” Rose said.

On Monday night, Saanich council awarded a yet-to-be-named company with the $3.1 million contract to upgrade Tattersall.


Just Posted

Victoria non-profit empowers women escaping abusive homes with a fresh start

Organization’s gift certificate program helped around 400 women last year

VIDEO: Royal Bay Secondary students take flight in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Play tells the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan

Sidney designer showing killer collection at Van Fashion Week

A young Sidney designer is showing her 14 piece collection Obsidian Nights at Vancouver Fashion Week

WATCH: Oak Bay wins regional skating competition

Winning tradition continues leading up to provincials

Volunteers begin work on memorial garden for former Metchosin counsellor

Garden a fitting tribute to Moralea Milne, a champion of Garry oak ecosystems

VIDEO: Iconic ‘snow cone’ takes shape at B.C. park near Clearwater

Snow cone forming at Wells Gray Provincial Park one that would make Disney’s Queen Elsa proud

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

Most Read