* All businesses in the Town Centre remain open as usual during Sooke Road Roundabout construction. Thank you for shopping local!*
Sooke Town Centre Roundabout and Sidewalks
With the District of Sooke’s continued goal to provide safer pedestrian and efficient vehicle traffic movement in the Town Centre, residents will soon see improvements on Highway 14 thanks to a partnership between the District of Sooke and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (“Ministry”).
In November 2014, the District and Ministry announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding creating a partnership for the construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 14 and Brownsey Boulevard.
Videos and Brochures
Take a moment to view some of the following helpful videos and brochures:
- TranBC- Right, Right and You’ll be Alright on Roundabouts
- TranBC – Round and Round We Go – Rules of the Roundabout
- Round About How To (Brochure)
- ICBC webpage – Driving tips for Roundabouts
- Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure webpage – Roundabouts
October Paving Underway
Ground Breaking Ceremony July 6, 2015
Construction of the Highway 14 Improvements officially began with a ground-breaking ceremony on July 6, 2015.
News Release July 6, 2015
The Ministry is providing the project management for the construction project under the Project Agreement. During construction detailed traffic advisories will be available and drivers are also advised to expect delays and are encouraged to check DriveBC for current conditions.
Please note the following for the construction zones:
- Qualified Traffic Control Personnel will be present at all times throughout the construction;
- Please slow down and obey construction signs and flaggers
To avoid the construction drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes throughout the District as suggested on the map linked below:
Town Centre (Sooke Road) Roundabout and Sidewalks
The roundabout supports the District’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through reduced vehicle idling and also provides safer pedestrian travel. The roundabout will also encourage the use of alternative transportation such as cycling and walking.
The roundabout is the first phase of major Highway 14 road improvements planned for the District of Sooke. As the design drawing above shows, the District of Sooke is installing sidewalks on Highway 14 with the construction of the roundabout.
The road improvements includes improved transit facilities, sidewalks, marked bicycle lanes, boulevards and crosswalks. The project also allows for the construction of new turn lanes and medians, improved drainage and re-positioning of some utilities. When completed, the project will improve the overall safety and operating efficiency for all travelers.
The District will continue to work with the Ministry on further improvements to Highway 14 within the District boundaries. The road projects will make a tremendous difference to the health and sustainability of the community. More information to come!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will Highway 14 be closed to traffic during construction? Will there be a detour?
Highway 14 will not be closed, however, there will be a reduced traffic speed and periodically, single lane traffic during the construction period. The goal is not to completely close Highway 14 for any length of time. If you wish to avoid the road construction, the newly constructed Wadams Way is available as an alternate route.
- How will the road construction affect businesses and residences on Highway 14?
All businesses in the Town Centre will remain open as usual during construction. Every effort will be made by the District and Ministry to minimize the effect the road construction will have on businesses and residents along Highway 14. If you have any concerns, please contact the Project Manager.
- How does a roundabout work? How can large trucks travel through the Town Centre?
Roundabouts have been in use for many years throughout the world and more recently, on Vancouver Island as they encourage continuous traffic movement. Many people have expressed their concern that large trucks (such as logging trucks) will not be able to travel through the Town Centre. Large trucks will continue to be able to navigate through the roundabout. The medians in the middle of the roundabout are designed in such a way that large vehicles will actually drive over the outer edge of the median if required.
- When will the road construction start?
The Ministry is managing the project and hopes to award the contract for construction in May 2015 and the construction should start shortly thereafter. Completion is expected by Fall 2015.
- What about the existing utilities poles and drainage?
The District and Ministry are working with BC Hydro and other utility companies to re-position poles as necessary to accommodate the road widening and sidewalks. Storm drainage systems will be reviewed and upgraded/modified as required.
- What will the roundabout and sidewalk project cost?
The actual roundabout and sidewalk construction costs are yet to be finalized. The roundabout funding will come from the Gas Tax fund, a grant from ICBC and $300,000 from the Ministry. Several development contributions have been applied to the project, including Royal Bank of Canada, Evergreen Centre and Mariners Village.
7. Did the District of Sooke purchase property for the project?
The District of Sooke purchased property to provide the area required for the Town Centre roundabout and associated improvements;
- Westcoast Design received $56,000.00 in cash and $30,000.00 in capital works (paving).
- Evergreen Centre received $31,000.00 in cash and $69,000.00 in capital works (frontage improvements).
The Town Center land purchase is 99% Road Development Cost Charges and 1% Land Sale Reserve.
The sums for capital works were not actual contributions to the project, but rather, recognition by the property owners of benefits provided to them during construction which reduced the cash paid for their property.
8. What will happen with the cross walk median on Sooke Road at Townsend Road?
With the partnering with the Ministry for this project came the addition of the right turn lane onto Otter Point Road from Sooke Road. The addition of this lane required a change to the laning in this section of Sooke Road and thus the Townsend Road cross walk median required re-configuration as well. As the median required changes and the entire road is being overlaid it is much more economical to remove the median, pave and replace the median in its ultimate configuration. There is no change in infrastructure decision making as the cross walk will remain in its present location and the median will be replaced.
For any construction related issues please contact:
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Darren Englund, PMP
Regional Project Manager
For any questions related to the design intent and rights of way please contact:
District of Sooke