Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) to Attend April 8th Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is set to participate in the upcoming Sooke Council meeting on April 8, 7:00 PM, at the Sooke Municipal Hall located at 2205 Otter Point Road. The MOTI representatives will attend the meeting to address various community concerns and discuss ongoing and upcoming Highway 14 projects with Sooke Mayor and Council. By understanding more about the short-, medium- and long-term solutions in action and under consideration, will help better align efforts between the District and province as we work collaboratively to enhance the quality of life for residents.

The MOTI representatives will provide insights into the project goals of the new four-lane initiatives and provide information on future improvement plans. We are also asking MOTI to speak about the District’s roundabout-first policy as outlined in our Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and how it might apply to Highway 14 projects, explain how Provincial Ministries liaise to solve problems (i.e. MOTI engagement with Ministry of Education to relocate school entrances), considerations of a second bridge and alternative/emergency routes, and provide insights to related specifics as captured in the District’s TMP (such recommendation 7.13 that identifies “collaboration with MOTI to address issues at the following Hwy 14 intersections – Otter Point, Church, Phillips, Charters, Grant Road West”). Furthermore, MOTI representatives will engage with Council members to explore any major expansion projects that are currently unfunded, seeking potential avenues for advocacy and collaboration.

Solutions may not be realized tomorrow, however, through this conversation, the hope is that all stakeholders including residents, Council and MOTI will be better informed about each other’s perspectives while improvements are made.

Questions for MOTI will be directed through Council.

Persons wishing to have MOTI respond to areas beyond what is outlined are asked to SUBMIT A COMMENT or call 250.642.1634 to have reception receive their comment by March 24, 2024. Staff will consolidate like-comments and questions and provide them to Council as our community representatives to ask of the MOTI representatives.

As this session is expected to generate significant community interest, arrangements have been made for overflow capacity in the fire lounge to accommodate all attendees. Additionally, for the convenience of residents, the meeting will be live-streamed (as with all Council meetings), allowing individuals to watch and listen from the comfort of their homes. A recording of the meeting will also be made available shortly after its conclusion.

We know that transportation is the most pressing concern for many in our community. We are pleased to provide this session as one action in a series as we respond to meet the needs of our growing community.

Learn more:

Media contact:
Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250.642.1634