Motorists can expect traffic delays along Langford Parkway until the end of the month as B.C. Hydro moves two transmission poles, including one from inside Starlight Stadium.
The pole realignments are part of a plan to add 4,000 seats to Starlight Stadium, increasing seating to 10,000. Starlight Stadium is home to the region’s professional soccer team, Pacific FC.
Moving the power pole inside the stadium at a cost of $4.25 million was approved by the previous Langford council.
The parkway between Langford Lake and Jacklin roads will be single-lane alternating traffic 24 hours a day with intermittent road closures to accommodate the work until March 31, according to the city.
In addition to the lane closure, the roundabout access from Langford Parkway to Eagle Ridge Arena will be fully closed, with access limited to the entry point by the Fortis B.C. building along Langford Parkway.
Businesses will remain open and emergency vehicle access will be maintained, the city said.
The relocation of the transmission tower in the Starlight Stadium footprint at the north side of Langford Parkway is needed to ensure public safety, the city said, and to provide unrestricted access to the stadium for both community and professional user groups.
The tower on the stadium grounds will be replaced with a new tower across Langford Parkway in an area between the railway tracks and the parking lot off Leigh Place. The relocation will also require the replacement of a tower near the roundabout on Langford Parkway south of Leigh Road.
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