A 2km stretch of the TCH between Leigh Rd Interchange and Goldstream Park will be widened and barriers installed. Image: Google Maps

Now that the Leigh Road interchange construction is complete, the province has begun planning work on widening the Trans Canada Highway to four lanes, starting at Leigh Road Interchange to Goldstream Park.

The two kilometer stretch will also get a median barrier.

“With the completion of the Highway 1 access improvements at Leigh Road and Goldstream Avenue, we are now moving along to have the final piece of the Trans-Canada Highway in this area four-laned and divided between Goldstream Park and Victoria,” Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said in a statement.

Design work for this future project is anticipated to be complete in 2017.

According to the Ministry, the new southbound off-ramp at the Leigh Road interchange on Highway 1 with a southbound acceleration lane from the West Shore Parkway onto Highway 1 is safer, provides better traffic flow, and reduces traffic in residential and recreational areas. The interchange ramp opened to traffic on Nov. 28, 2015.

The acceleration lane opened to traffic on Dec. 11, 2015. Remaining work on the new cul-de-sac at Goldstream Avenue, rock stabilization, and fencing wrapped up at the end of February.

This $5-million access improvement project was cost-shared between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the City of Langford.

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