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Plans to construct an interchange at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) and Shawnigan Lake Road are underway.

As of now, motorist have the ability to turn left either onto the TCH or Shawnigan Lake Road

In an email statement, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation confirmed with Victoria Buzz that the province is looking at an interchange for that section of the highway.

“The ministry is doing preliminary planning and design for a possible Shawnigan Lake Road Separation and Mobility Hub project as identified in the South Island Transportation Strategy,” the spokesperson said.

“This includes the recent RFQ for a consultant to work on design options, a common practice by the ministry as part of project planning.”

According to the document, the project would see the left-hand turn onto Shawnigan Lake Road eliminated, extending Whittaker Road and Holker Place just north of the interchange site, a transit hub and a pedestrian bridge crossing the highway at the intersection of Whittaker and the highway.

According to the province, this work is looking at options for the Shawnigan Lake Road intersection to improve safety and mobility as well as potential options to support transit services on the corridor.

The request for qualifications is open until October 27th and the province hopes to have

The province hopes to have a contract in place by the end of January and a detailed design completed by March 2024.

No estimated cost was available for the project.

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