Foggy morning on the Malahat (Cecile Brisebois Guillemot)

Construction of new safety measures are coming to a dangerous stretch of Highway 1 near Langford, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The upgrades include a reflective median delineators for more than 1 kilometre of road between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway, which will be visible “in all driving conditions”.

Crews will begin installing the delineators tonight, causing nightly lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. until Thursday.

The safety upgrades are coming following two fatal accidents that have already occured in this stretch of road this year. In early January, an elderly man died in hospital after being involved in a head-on collision, and in early February a 24-year-old Nanaimo man died following a similar head-on incident.

Drivers are being reminded to watch for workers and traffic control personnel, and that construction signs and speed limits will be in place this week.

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In the long term, the government says it “remains committed” to highway expansions that it promised in 2016, which would add one more lane in each direction with median barriers. Details on the project are expected to be released this Spring.

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