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Duncan residents invited to contribute to plans for a new Highway 1 overpass


The BC government is putting out a call out to residents of the North Cowichan area to learn about and contribute to what a new overpass over Highway 1 will look like and how to make it work best for the community. 

Plans for the future North Cowichan Active Transportation Overpass will be shared at an upcoming information session scheduled for early February. 

According to the Province, the goal is to increase safety for vehicles and pedestrians on a busy part of the highway in Duncan, between Beverly Street and James Street/York Road.

The overpass will extend between the two circled intersections (Google Maps)

The proposed overpass would allow people to cross the highway safely between the two intersections that are around 700 metres apart. 

The Province says that approximately 30% of all pedestrian activity along this stretch of Highway 1 has been deemed unsafe and with a new secondary school coming to the area, pedestrian safety must be prioritized. 

With the plans being proposed, those who travel by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, scooter, etc. will have easier access and improved safety features, according to BC. 

With hopes of helping traffic flow, turning lanes will be changed and new curbs will be put in place for better visibility of the road’s borders. 

The information session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Quamichan School multipurpose room, located at 2515 Beverly Street in Duncan. 

There, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff will make their presentation before getting feedback and answering questions that residents may have. 

Curtis Blandy

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