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Patricia Bay Highway at Sayward reopens after protesters blocked it for several hours

Highway 17 southbound near Sayward Road late Sunday afternoon. DRIVE B.C. WEBCAM

Update: Drive B.C. reported Highway 17 at Sayward Road was reopened as of 7:27 p.m. Sunday night after protesters caused the highway to be closed in both directions.

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Saanich police are responding to a protest blocking the Patricia Bay Highway in both directions late Sunday afternoon. The highway will remain closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Haliburton Road to Sayward Road until further notice.

CHEK reporter Mary Griffin was headed into downtown Victoria when she saw Extinction Rebellion protesters jump the median to block northbound traffic. Hundreds of vehicles were backed up and idling during the group's protest about the use of fossil fuels.

Saanich police are asking motorists to slow down as they're detoured onto Oldfield Road. There are reports of several near-collisions.