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Victoria provides update on protected bike lanes and Gorge Road improvements


The City of Victoria has announced that the next addition to their all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling network will have construction kicking off this spring. 

Along Gorge Road, from Blanshard Street to Harriet Road will be getting protected bike lanes among other road and safety improvements. 

The other improvements coming to this corridor include road paving, bus stop and accessibility upgrades, new and upgraded crosswalks, traffic signal upgrades, right turn slip lane removal, landscaping, fiber optic cable upgrades and an underground water main replacement.

(City of Victoria)

According to the City, this will expand the regional AAA cycling network by over two kilometres in a high traffic corridor and it will connect the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, the Government Street protected bike lanes and the Kings and Haultain cycling routes.

It will also set Victoria up for future connections between Victoria, Saanich and Esquimalt. 

The improvements will only extend to Harriet Road because it is the dividing line between the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich. Any road improvements to be made north of Harriet Road will be Saanich’s duty. 

The City says that people who commute along Gorge Road should expect machinery, excavation, noise, safety equipment and temporary traffic controls around active work sites.

Road work will reportedly take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Advance notice will be provided if any additional weekend, holiday or night work is required that will be disruptive to traffic flow or cause significant noise, according to Victoria.

The project is slated to be completed by spring of 2025.

Curtis Blandy

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