Friday, July 19, 2024

Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists could be coming to Tillicum and Highway 1 intersection

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The province, in collaboration with the Capital Regional District (CRD), have been looking for ways to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists who commute on the Galloping Goose. 

There are a series of upgrades and improvements coming for several sections of the popular cycling and walking route. 

The CRD has issued a $50 million plan to widen the path and add a designated path for people who wish to walk along the Galloping Goose that will be separate from where bikes will travel.


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The only impedance along the Galloping Goose which interrupts cyclists and walkers alike who use the goose along Highway 1 is the Tillicum Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. 

Cyclists frequently have to stop and wait for the light to allow them to cross Tillicum Road, but now there is a plan in the works to build a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians who use the corridor. 

“One of the goals of the South Island Transportation Strategy is to explore regional trail enhancements to increase safety of people walking and cycling,” said a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson. 

“This includes a focus on intersection improvements to protect vulnerable road users.”

The Ministry had crews out last week to do preliminary geotechnical studies on either side of Tillicum Road to ensure that if a bridge were to be built, it would be structurally sound. 

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson did however stipulate that this project is in its very early stages nothing is set in stone as of yet when it comes to this initiative.

“While one of the options being explored in this planning stage includes grade separation for pedestrians and cyclists, no decisions on specific improvements at this intersection have been made,” they concluded. 

No specific funding has been allocated to the project from the South Island Transportation Strategy yet. 

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Curtis Blandy
curtis@victoriabuzz.com

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