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An overpass is coming to the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17) at Keating Cross Road, eliminating the need to turn across highway traffic.

On Friday, the BC government said it was committing $57.6 million to the Highway 17 Keating Cross Overpass—a $76.8-million project delivered in partnership with the Government of Canada and the District of Central Saanich.

According to the province, the northbound left turn onto Keating Cross Road will be replaced with a flyover overpass to improve access and reduce traffic delays for locals and visitors alike.

BC Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Rob Fleming says he’s excited for work to get underway, noting the highway plays a “critical role” in connecting people to essential services.

“This project will help make Highway 17 safer for everyone who uses it and will help decrease congestion and improve connectivity for residents and local businesses,” said Flemming.

Project features include:

  • Installation of bus-on-shoulder facilities that support future plans for bus rapid transit on the Patricia Bay Highway
  • Realignment of the southbound on-ramp to Victoria to make it safer for drivers getting onto the highway
  • Widening of Keating Cross Road and construction of a new sidewalk on one side to support active transportation, such as biking or walking

The province says the project will also prompt closures on Highway 17 at East Saanich Road, Martindale Road and Danica Place “to improve safety for all travellers.”

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor echoes Fleming, saying district council is “immensely pleased that this safety improvement is around the corner for residents, businesses and peninsula visitors.”

“Council appreciates the recent provincial investments in Central Saanich, and we look forward to celebrating the elimination of the left turn across the highway,” added Windsor.

The final design is nearing completion, and the project tender will likely be posted by fall, with Keating Cross Overpass construction expected to wrap up by spring 2025.

More details about the project, including feedback from public consultation, can be found online here.

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