Final touches being done on the new southbound off-ramp at Leigh Road interchange Image via City of Langford

The new $5-million southbound off-ramp at the Leigh Road Interchange on Trans Canada Highway will open this weekend and access to Goldstream from the highway will be closed permanently.

This new off-ramp will ease traffic congestion in this busy corridor, making travel safer for all motorists, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced today.

The Province and the City of Langford have each contributed up to $2.5 million to make this $5-million access improvement project possible.

“This will provide a better exit from the highway and remove that traffic from Goldstream Avenue, which is what our residents have been asking for,” said Langford Mayor Stewart Young.

Brady Jenkins works nearby and tells CHEK News while he thinks it will bring more customers – he’s worried about increased congestion.

“It’s already a pretty busy intersection between nine and five. The south bound direction coming from the highway, there is usually 20 or 30 cars lined up already, so to cut off the only other entrance into Langford from the north end of the island is only going to make that busier,” said Jenkins.

The new off ramp will open on Saturday, November 28, at 2pm.

Highway signage will alert motorists of the traffic-pattern change. On this same day, the exit from Highway 1 onto Goldstream Avenue will be closed permanently.

Further improvements are being completed to improve traffic flow through Langford’s residential and recreational areas, which includes construction of a new southbound acceleration lane from the Westshore Parkway onto Highway 1.

This work will be completed by February 2016.

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