New traffic pattern at the McKenzie Interchange starting on October 31, 2018 (BC Transportation)

The B.C. provincial government has announced intentions to build a transportation strategy to improve traffic flows.

To this end, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is seeking a consultant, selected out of those who submit their qualifications through the portal BC Bid. The proponent, to be chosen by the end of March 2019, will then design a transportation plan for the region.

The plan will include new designs for transit, cycling, pedestrians, ferries, railways, and existing roads.

“We know that southern Vancouver Island is one of the fastest-growing regions in the province,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“For too long, the infrastructure needs of the communities there have been ignored. It is time we start investing in long-term, innovative, multi-modal solutions to address congestion, while respecting and honouring the wishes and rights of local First Nations.”

The focus will be on the Greater Victoria region, going as far north as Duncan and as far west as Sooke.

Some of the transportation objectives include exploring the activation of potential detour routes in the event of a Malahat road closure, and adding an additional 1.5 kilometres of median barrier north of the West Shore Parkway to just north of Finlayson Arm Road.

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