Work starts this month on upgrades to Otter Point Road and Highway 14 through Sooke, with an emphasis on pedestrians, transit users and cyclists.
The project will see two kilometres of Otter Point Road widened and resurfaced between the Sooke municipal boundary and Kemp Lake Road. The work will include widening and paving existing shoulders, and improving the alignment of the road.
A $4.5-million contract has been awarded to Scansa Construction, with completion due in spring 2021.
The work on Highway 14 through the town centre will include concrete and paving-stone sidewalks between Otter Point Road and Atherley Close, along with bus pullouts and a new crosswalk near Ed MacGregor Park and the Gateway Trail.
The $1.2-million project will be done by Sooke’s Ramida Enterprises and is set for completion this fall. The District of Sooke is contributing $200,000.
As at other provincial construction sites, protocols for the prevention of COVID-19 — such as outdoor meetings, physical distancing of workers and daily cleaning of common areas — will be in place.
These two projects are the last of a number of Highway 14 improvements announced in January 2018. Work already completed includes a new two-lane bridge on Gillespie Road, upgrades to the Sooke River Road intersection and a new rest area at Sombrio Beach.