Highway 14 - Corridor Improvements

Construction on the Highway 14 project near Sooke, B.C.

The Highway 14 - Corridor Improvements program will contribute to a safer and more reliable connection between the Veterans Memorial Parkway in Langford, west through the communities of Sooke and Jordan River, and all the way to Port Renfrew. 

Last updated: April 27, 2021

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Project Overview

Map of Highway 14 - Corridor

The Highway 14 - Corridor Improvements will shorten commute times, improve safety and add better connections to public transit and active transportation routes.

Project Cost

The Otter Point Road to Woodhaven Road and the Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road improvements represent a total government investment of $85.7 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $30.2 million through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects and the Government of British Columbia providing the balance of $55.5 million.

A further $35 million has been invested in Other Projects, bringing the total Highway 14 corridor investment to over $120 million since 2017.

Status

  • The contract for Otter Point Road to Woodhaven Road was awarded to Hazelwood Construction from Nanaimo. Construction began in September 2020 and is expected to be complete in summer 2022.
  • The contract for Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road was awarded to Windley Contracting Ltd. from Nanaimo. Construction began in November 2020, with completion expected at the end of summer 2022.

Schedule

  • Improvements to the corridor are expected to be completed by fall 2022.

Public Consultation

December 2019 to January 2020 Public Engagement

Between December 3, 2019 and January 15, 2020, there were over 350 participant interactions via feedback form submissions, emails, phone calls and letters that contributed to the design of the Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road Project.

June 19, 2018 Open House

An open house was held on June 19, 2018, at the Edward Milne Community School to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback on future improvement priorities along the corridor.

Approximately 143 people attended the open house, and during the engagement period over 700 feedback submissions were received.


Otter Point Road to Woodhaven Road

roll plot

This portion of the project will resurface 11 kilometres of Highway 14 west of Sooke between Otter Point Road and Woodhaven Road. Paved shoulders will be added where none currently exist. The project involves:

  • Removing vegetation to widen road and for new BC Hydro Pole placements (Hydro requires upwards of 5m vegetation clearance to ensure worker safety and to minimize likelihood of trees-branches falling on lines that can cause power outages)
  • Resurfacing roadway with consistent lane widths
  • Adding paved shoulders, both sides
  • Repairing significantly distressed sections around Kirby and Muir Creek locations
  • Slope stabilization at selected locations to minimize likelihood of slope failure
  • Constructing slow moving vehicle pullouts (westbound just west of Shirley and eastbound just west of Invermuir Road)
  • Enhancing safety with select placement of concrete barriers on road edges and approach to bridges
  • Improving pavement markings (reflective centre line markers and painted lines to separate travel lane from shoulder)
  • Removing all Telus poles and placing Telus and Shaw cables onto Hydro pole

Traffic Management

  • Single Lane Alternating Traffic may occur at multiple locations during the project
  • Construction scheduled for Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, excluding holidays
  • Expect maximum delays up to 30 minutes at each location until July 31, 2022

Planned Activities – April 2021

  • Shoulder widening between Woodhaven Road and Shirley
  • Paving between Woodhaven Road and Shirley
  • Blasting operations on north side of road west of Shirley for construction of Westbound Slow Moving Vehicle Pullout
  • Removal and replacement of culverts
  • BC Hydro placing new poles
  • Telus and Shaw on site to relocate infrastructure onto Hydro Poles

Schedule

  • Completion anticipated Summer 2022

Project Photos

Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road

Highway 14 Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road Four Laning Project roll plot

This portion of the project will realign this section of Highway 14 and widen it to four lanes, making it safer and easier for drivers to navigate. The project involves:

  • Installing a median barrier along the highway between Manzer Road and the Neil Creek Bridge located to the east of Connie Road. 
  • The proposed Cooper’s Cove U-turn has been removed. Instead, a connector road between Manzer Road and Gillespie Road will allow Manzer Road residents access/egress from the highway via the new Gillespie Road grade-separated intersection. This connector will also provide an alternate emergency detour connection for Highway 14 between Glinz Lake Road and Gillespie Road, as well as further support active transportation in the area with sideroad connections.
  • A new road between Manzer Road and Gillespie Road and between Connie Road and Gillespie Road will provide a low-speed and low-traffic volume connection between local sideroads for local residents. 
  • A new park and ride will be built at Highway 14 and Gillespie Road to make public transit through this corridor more efficient and convenient. It includes an interchange with a new connection to Connie Road, 50 parking stalls and new eastbound and westbound bus bays. The new Gillespie Road park and ride is within easy cycling distance of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.
  • A new pedestrian underpass will be built east of the new intersection at Glinz Lake Road and Polymede Place to make crossing Highway 14 safer and support active transportation in the region.
  • Adding new eastbound and westbound bus bays to Highway 14 at Glinz Lake Road/Polymede Place to better serve transit users.
  • Increasing culvert sizes to accommodate crossings of amphibians and mammals.
  • Strategic placement of scuppered median barriers to help keep small mammals from being trapped on the highway.
  • Adding approximately 30 streetlights near sideroad intersections to improve visibility for drivers. 

Other Projects

Improving transit access and reliability:

  • An eastbound transit queue-jump lane at the Highway 14/Jacklin Road intersection was added. The queue jump places buses in a priority position for re-entering traffic, reducing delays for transit users during congested morning periods (completed 2019).
  • Three bus pullouts were added on both sides of Highway 14, at the West Shore Parkway and at Laidlaw Road and at Harbourview Road. With these upgrades, buses can move fully out of the travel lane. This allows traffic to continue to flow, lowers the risk of collision and provides a safe area for transit users as they enter and exit the buses (completed 2018).
  • Upgrades to Sooke’s town centre along Highway 14 including 600 m of new sidewalks between Otter Point Road and Ed MacGregor Park, a new crosswalk at the Gateway Trail across Highway 14, and two new transit pullouts (completed in spring 2021).

New and improved infrastructure:

  • Repairs and upgrades to Highway 14 at Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew-contract awarded to Jacob Brothers in June 2020 (construction underway)
  • 1.7 km of resurfacing and shoulder widening along Otter Point Rd which acts as an alternative route for Highway 14 west of Sooke (completed in spring 2021)
  • A four-way intersection at Highway 14 and Sooke River Road, which included safer sidewalks in front of Edward Milne Community school and new accesses to the T’Souke Nation commercial development (completed 2019).
  • Sombrio rest area with washrooms and picnic tables (completed 2018).
  • A slow-moving vehicle pullout east of Muir Creek (completed 2018).
  • A two-lane bridge on Gillespie Road at Roche Cove, providing an alternative route to Highway 14 (completed 2019).
  • New safety signs at three locations (completed 2018).
  • New highway line painting (completed 2018).

New street lighting:

  • New and upgraded lighting at every major intersection between West Shore Parkway and Sooke (Church Road) for enhanced safety, especially at night or in poor weather conditions (completed 2018).