While construction of a new overpass at Pat Bay Hwy (Highway 17) and Keating Cross Road appears to be a year behind schedule, the province is still expecting to complete the project in 2025.
Last June, the BC government confirmed 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, reduce traffic delays and eliminate the need to turn across highway traffic.
The major project will also see the following enhancements:
- 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.”
In a statement last year, 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.
If you’re wondering what your future commute could look like on the Pat Bay Highway, check out these 3D video renderings: