The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a public engagement between November 16 and December 11, 2015 regarding the McKenzie Interchange to provide information and to receive feedback.
The information gathered in the first phase of consultation for the McKenzie interchange is now publicly available and being used to move the project design forward.
The summary report takes into account more than 1,100 comments and submissions from the public, as well as input provided from meetings with First Nations, local governments and key stakeholders.
Engagement participants were asked to provide feedback regarding considerations related to the three interchange design options, by the Ministry of Transportation of Infrastructure:
- Option 1: Diamond Interchange With Trans-Canada Highway Under McKenzie/Admirals
- Option 2: Partial Cloverleaf With Trans-Canada Highway Under McKenzie/Admirals
- Option 3: Diamond Interchange With Trans-Canada Highway Over McKenzie/Admirals
Also included in the discussions:
• Parks and green spaces
• Schools and athletic fields
• Existing communities and access to these areas
• Adjacent property impacts
• Environmentally-sensitive areas including Colquitz Creek and Portage Inlet
The report suggests the community favours the second design provided, a partial cloverleaf with the Trans-Canada Highway under McKenzie/Admirals. According to the report, 259 say they prefer this design.
110 people say they favoured option one, a diamond interchange with Trans-Canada Highway under McKenzie/Admirals – with only 27 supporting design option three.
“We have received valuable input from the community and continue to talk to stakeholders and the public as we take the next steps in bringing this important infrastructure project to commuters, commercial drivers, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
The ministry says the top themes include traffic flow at the interchange, the McKenzie/Burnside intersection, Cuthbert Holmes Park, consideration of transit, cycling and pedestrians, and support for options where the highway passes underneath McKenzie/Admirals.
A second open house will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall.
The project team will present additional information and updated concepts from this technical work. The public will then have the opportunity to provide further input into the McKenzie interchange project. Staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and other members of the project team will be available to answer questions and provide details on this next phase of the project.
Click here to see the full report including results from the questionnaire participants were asked to fill out.
The next public information session:
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall – 753 Burnside Road West