infrastructure

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich roadway improvements ready to roll this spring and summer

Improvements coming for Gorge Road, Shelbourne Street and other areas

 

Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)

Saanich disability advocate calls for more inclusive sidewalk, roadway designs

Utility poles on sidewalks one area of improvement needed to help those with mobility challenges

 

Oak Bay needs to shift gas tax funds out of Uplands sewer separation project and use other cash instead to retain the highest level of federal grant support. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay makes prudent financial move on Uplands sewer project

Removing gas tax funds from sewer separation budget keeps federal grant portion at 40%

 

Heavy rain flooded a bridge crossing Reay Creek in Sidney, as well the path running along the creek in mid-November. Sidney council on Monday asked staff to report back on how well the town’s infrastructure performed, and potential areas to invest further in, prior to 2022 budget deliberations. (Black Press Media file photo)

How well did Sidney’s infrastructure perform during major storm, councillor asks

Advice on future infrastructure priorities will inform upcoming budget talks: Peter Wainright

Heavy rain flooded a bridge crossing Reay Creek in Sidney, as well the path running along the creek in mid-November. Sidney council on Monday asked staff to report back on how well the town’s infrastructure performed, and potential areas to invest further in, prior to 2022 budget deliberations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney’s Beacon Wharf is staying put for the time being, after a unanimous vote at Monday’s council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

Replacement of Sidney’s Beacon Wharf dead in the water, for now

Coun. Peter Wainwright says municipality can’t move forward without common vision from community

Sidney’s Beacon Wharf is staying put for the time being, after a unanimous vote at Monday’s council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

3,400 kilometres of cable bringing high-speed internet to B.C. coast

Connected Coast project officially launched in Campbell River

The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
The roundabout at Rockland Road and Highway 19A. Photo courtesy City of Campbell River

Vancouver Island constable sets record straight on how to use a roundabout

Campbell River highway feature has drawn controversy since being introduced in early 2021

  • Oct 16, 2021
The roundabout at Rockland Road and Highway 19A. Photo courtesy City of Campbell River
The District of Sooke has secured $1.8-million in grant funding to add bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks to Otter Point Road between Wadams Way and Highway 14. (Zoe Ducklow/Sooke News Mirror)

$1.8-million worth of bike lanes, crosswalks and sidewalks coming to Sooke

Grant to implement Active Transportation Plan on Otter Point Road

The District of Sooke has secured $1.8-million in grant funding to add bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks to Otter Point Road between Wadams Way and Highway 14. (Zoe Ducklow/Sooke News Mirror)
Provincial grants of up to $20,000 will go towards eligible municipalities’ active transportation plan proposals. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney, Central Saanich benefit from B.C. funding for active transportation plans

Grants allow smaller municipalities to fund public works like those seen in larger centres

Provincial grants of up to $20,000 will go towards eligible municipalities’ active transportation plan proposals. (Black Press Media file photo)
Non-toxic red dye may be observed in Gorge Creek and the Gorge Waterway as the Township of Esquimalt performs routine storm and sewer drain testing next week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt to test storm, sewer infrastructure with dye near Gorge waterway

Non-toxic tabs will help show cracks in underground network, red dye may show up in water

Non-toxic red dye may be observed in Gorge Creek and the Gorge Waterway as the Township of Esquimalt performs routine storm and sewer drain testing next week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke residents say rock blasting is impacting water wells; Ministry points to dry weather

‘This isn’t my first dry year. I’ve never had to order water in June. That’s not normal.’

Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A map of the closed section of Quadra Street in Saanich. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Quadra Street block closing July 12 for four weeks

All traffic will detour around Greenridge and Reynolds

A map of the closed section of Quadra Street in Saanich. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
New sections of Highway 14 in Sooke will include culverts that double as animal crossings thanks to public feedback. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Safe animal crossings added to Sooke highway design

Public feedback made a difference in many areas of Highway 14 project

New sections of Highway 14 in Sooke will include culverts that double as animal crossings thanks to public feedback. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Rendering of the proposed design for the new public safety building in Esquimalt. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt’s borrowing plan authorized for new public safety building

Alternate approval process didn’t garner enough opposition to warrant public vote

Rendering of the proposed design for the new public safety building in Esquimalt. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Improving safety at Keating Cross Road and the Pat Bay Highway is the goal of the flyover project currently in the works. The province aims to reveal the final cost and design this fall. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Final budget, design of Keating flyover in Central Saanich still in the works

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says information coming by this fall

Improving safety at Keating Cross Road and the Pat Bay Highway is the goal of the flyover project currently in the works. The province aims to reveal the final cost and design this fall. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) and Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins take a stroll on Gorge Bridge, which connects their municipalities. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich, Esquimalt partner on pedestrian infrastructure upgrades for Gorge Bridge

New walkway located in southbound curb lane, will feature protective concrete barriers

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) and Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins take a stroll on Gorge Bridge, which connects their municipalities. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

  • Mar 7, 2021
The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
The District of Sooke hopes to fast-track the Otter Point sidewalk project with a federal-provincial grant. (Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke applies for sidewalk funding for busy traffic corridor

$2.1-million project eyed for Otter Point Road

The District of Sooke hopes to fast-track the Otter Point sidewalk project with a federal-provincial grant. (Sooke News Mirror)
(Left to right) Michelle, Matthew and Simon Gowing stand on their Ernest Avenue property in front of the pit where their house once stood. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Couple’s long battle with Saanich over a $300,000 storm drain ends with a win

Council approves rock pit drainage system instead of asking residents to buy municipal storm drain

(Left to right) Michelle, Matthew and Simon Gowing stand on their Ernest Avenue property in front of the pit where their house once stood. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin is pitching the idea of a gondola on a 10-acre lot in Royal Bay, which could connect to a commuter ferry to downtown Victoria along the city’s waterfront. Currently, there is no funding in place for the gondola project and no discussion have taken place at council meetings. (Twitter/@PortlandTram)

Colwood mayor pitches 10 acres for gondola, parking

Project dependent on province approving commuter ferry to downtown Victoria

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin is pitching the idea of a gondola on a 10-acre lot in Royal Bay, which could connect to a commuter ferry to downtown Victoria along the city’s waterfront. Currently, there is no funding in place for the gondola project and no discussion have taken place at council meetings. (Twitter/@PortlandTram)