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: December 15, 2022

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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.

This is a complex project with numerous construction items simultaneously underway. The contractor is doing an excellent job of performing the required works while maintaining safe management of traffic through the construction zone. Traffic volume is approximately 17,000 vehicles per day and ensuring their safety is a priority.

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.

Schedule

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


Otter Point Road to Woodhaven Road

roll plot

Status

  • Completed July 30, 2022

Project Benefits

Improvements include:

  • Widening the travel lanes to consistent width of 3.3 m
  • Asphalt resurfacing of 11 km segment of Highway 14 between Otter Point Road and Woodhaven Road
  • Construction of 1.2 m paved shoulders in both directions
  • Construction of a slow-moving vehicle pullouts in both directions
  • Deep base repairs at areas of deformity and distress to significantly extend the life and smoothness of the driving surface
  • Removal of old roadside concrete barrier and replacement with new barrier
  • Improved drainage throughout the project limits of construction
  • Integration of BC Hydro, Shaw, Telus utilities on a single line of poles
  • Slope stabilization improvements to minimize debris flow events on the highway
  • High visibility reflective durable paint on centre line and fog (road side) lines to improve visibility during night time

Connie Road to Glinz Lake Road

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

Status

  • As of December 15th, turning lanes have been paved, improving safety for drivers turning onto side roads
  • Operational turning lanes also means that drivers travelling in through lanes will have a more efficient commute as they travel on the highway
  • Full lighting of the intersections at Gillespie and Glinz roads has also been completed, improving safety for road users
  • Due to rain and unseasonably cool temperatures that have impacted the ability to pave and paint some lines, substantial project completion is now expected to move into the New Year
  • One lane of through traffic will be open in each direction until the final four lane paving can occur in spring 2023 when weather conditions are more temperate

Project Benefits

The scope for the project includes:

  • A new bridge structure to accommodate the new access for Gillespie Road
  • Placement of concrete roadside and median barriers to enhance safety for highway users
  • Upgrades to Hydro, Telus, Shaw Communications infrastructure throughout the project limits of construction
    • All utilities now on a single line of poles
    • Shaw installed a single line of fiber optic cable throughout the project rather than splice connecting segments
  • Construction of a 45 vehicle parking stall Park and Ride with provision for 8 EV charge stations
  • Highway 14 and Gillespie Road realignments to straighten road segments and avoid sharp corners
  • Upgrades to drainage to be more resilient to extreme rain and flooding events
  • Construction of a pedestrian walkway under Highway 14 between bus stops
  • Construction of BC Transit pullouts to ensure no interruptions in traffic flow
  • Installation of overhead lights to ensure high visibility at night
  • Construction of a new access from Highway 14 eastbound to Gillespie Road
  • Construction of a wildlife underpass
  • Construction of wetland environmental protection areas to support and promote plant, fish and amphibious environments
  • Construction of a turnaround feature for safe access to Highway 14 from Kangaroo Road

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).

Project Photos

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.