Transportation Master Plan: Implementation

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Stay informed as the Transportation Master Plan, approved in October 2020, is implemented.

“Sooke is a community where people of all ages and abilities meet their day-to-day mobility needs using a variety of travel options that are convenient, safe, connected and support Sooke’s aspirations to be a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.” – District of Sooke Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was adopted in October 2020. This page provides updates on plan implementation and a means for residents to stay informed about transportation infrastructure in our community.

The TMP is a long-term guide for the planning, design and development of transportation facilities and infrastructure. The TMP was prepared in conjunction with the District’s Parks and Trails Master Plan (PTMP) and in consideration of many existing plans and policies including BC Transit’s concurrent Sooke Local Area Transit Plan. The TMP was developed with the participation of Sooke residents, key community stakeholders, District staff and Council to ensure the plan addresses current transportation issues and reflects community values and interests.

The TMP, in coordination with budget planning, identifies how and when transportation-related projects proceed.

Stay informed as the Transportation Master Plan, approved in October 2020, is implemented.

“Sooke is a community where people of all ages and abilities meet their day-to-day mobility needs using a variety of travel options that are convenient, safe, connected and support Sooke’s aspirations to be a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.” – District of Sooke Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was adopted in October 2020. This page provides updates on plan implementation and a means for residents to stay informed about transportation infrastructure in our community.

The TMP is a long-term guide for the planning, design and development of transportation facilities and infrastructure. The TMP was prepared in conjunction with the District’s Parks and Trails Master Plan (PTMP) and in consideration of many existing plans and policies including BC Transit’s concurrent Sooke Local Area Transit Plan. The TMP was developed with the participation of Sooke residents, key community stakeholders, District staff and Council to ensure the plan addresses current transportation issues and reflects community values and interests.

The TMP, in coordination with budget planning, identifies how and when transportation-related projects proceed.

  • Brailsford Connection is Open!

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    The Transportation Master Plan identifies the need to create connected street networks and recognizes the intent to take several approaches to improve neighbourhood connectivity.

    One of these approaches includes opening up temporary street closures wherever possible. There are locations in Sooke, such as Brailsford Place, where temporary street closures were installed either during construction or because there were no lands beyond to connect to at the time of construction.

    The Brailsford Connector project is now complete:

  • Brailsford Connector Opening Soon

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    The Transportation Master Plan identifies the need to create connected street networks and recognizes the intent to take several approaches to improve neighbourhood connectivity. One of these approaches includes opening up temporary street closures wherever possible. There are locations in Sooke, such as Brailsford Place, where temporary street closures were installed either during construction or because there were no lands beyond to connect to at the time of construction.

    The Brailsford Connector project is reaching the final stages with signage being installed later this week and the opening of the connector anticipated next week.

  • Otter Point Road Active Transportation Corridor Project Begins September 2021

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    The Transporation Master Plan identifies improvements for Otter Point Road. Thanks to $1.8 Million in funding from the Federal and Provincial governments, the District is moving ahead to build an active transportation corridor, including sidewalks and bike lanes, from Highway 14 to Wadams Way on Otter Point Road much sooner than originally anticipated. Construction will begin the week of September 6, 2021 with anticipated completion in late October/early November 2021.

    Notice from Hazelwood Construction Services:

    As the contractor for the District of Sooke will be upgrading utility services on Otter Point Road from Highway 14 to Wadams Way, from early September 2021 to the end of November 2021. The work will enhance public safety by providing sidewalks and bike lanes along the critical transportation corridor.

    During the construction period, traffic disruptions can be expected and detours may be in effect. Every effort will be made to keep local disruptions to a minimum. If night work is required, additional notice will be provided.

    Construction signs will be posted and flagpersons will be on duty to assist with the traffic flow. Please exercise caution, obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of the flagpersons on duty. If you have young children, please advise them of the dangers and limited visibility of heavy equipment and trucks.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during construction.

    If you have any questions or require further information regarding this project please contact:

    • Hazelwood Construction Services (Sue Bassett, Project Manager) (250) 716-1940
  • Phase 1 of Church Road Corridor Project Begins September 2021

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    The Transporation Master Plan identifies improvements for Church Road. Work that will ultimately provide lane reconfiguration, utility work and resurfacing from Highway 14 to Wadams Way begins the week of September 6, 2021 with an anticipated competition date around mid-November.

    Notice from Hazelwood Construction Services:

    As the contractor for the District of Sooke will be upgrading utility services and resurfacing Church Road from Sooke Road to Wadams Way from early September 2021 to the end of November 2021.

    Hazelwood will work with affected residents to maintain access to their homes throughout the construction period.

    During this construction period, traffic disruptions can be expected and detours may be in effect. Every effort will be made to keep local disruptions to a minimum. If night work is required, additional notice will be provided.

    Construction signs will be posted and flagpersons will be on duty to assist with the traffic flow. Please exercise caution, obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of the flagpersons on duty. If you have young children, please advise them of the dangers and limited visibility of heavy equipment and trucks.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during construction.

    If you have any questions or require further information regarding this project please contact:

    • Hazelwood Construction Services (Greg Field, Project Manager) (778) 268-0592
    • McElhanney (Doug Stafford, Inspector) (250) 533-6299

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  • District Receives $1.8 Million For Otter Point Road Active Transportation Corridor Project

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    Today, the governments of Canada and British Columbia announced the successful recipients of the COVID Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and Sooke is one of them. The District will be receiving $1.8 Million for the Otter Point Active Transportation Corridor Project.

    This project includes the construction of approximately 430 meters of sidewalks and 720 meters of bike lanes as well as crosswalks to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists from Wadams Way to Highway 14.

    “In advance, I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience during the road construction projects. I know a lot is happening in our community. This activity is the result of the District’s efforts to leverage grant opportunities, maximizing residents’ tax dollars, and respond to the community’s needs for active transportation networks,” shares Mayor Maja Tait. “Council adopted the Transportation Master Plan in October, following community consultation, and considerable progress is being made to action this plan. We are building a low carbon resilient community where residents can walk, stroll and roll safely within Sooke,” Tait adds.

    Contractors will be mobilizing during the first week of September and construction is anticipated to be complete by November. The contractor will be providing a certified Traffic Management Plan for the construction of the corridor projects, which includes the Church Road Corridor project included in the 2021 budget, with updates on traffic management being share through the District website closer to the projects commencing.

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  • Staff seeking grant funding for Otter Point Road Active Transportation Corridor

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    The Otter Point Active Transportation Corridor is inclusive of bike lanes, sidewalks, boulevard improvements, lighting, and pavement resurfacing on both sides of the corridor.

    This project is included in the 5-year financial plan for construction in 2024; however, a significant grant opportunity to fund the majority of this project was presented for Council consideration at the January 25th Regular Council Meeting. Staff are proceeding with direction and support from Council to apply the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream through the Canada Infrastructure Program. The grant submission deadline is January 27, 2021. Grant status notification should be received on/around April 2021. If successful, the project will begin in summer 2021 with a target competition date of October 31, 2021.

    The District will be consulting neighbouring property owners to determine changes in access and communicate impacts and opportunities. Neighbouring property owners can expect the District to connect with them by Thursday, February 4th, 2021.

  • 2021 Capital Projects Identified

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    Through five-year budget planning, 2021 Capital Transportation Project have been identified to include:

    Church Road Design & Construction
    The Church Road/ Throup Road Roundabout and the Church Road/ Highway 14 Intersection Improvements projects are both important capital infrastructure upgrades that will benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike.

    The Church Road at Highway 14 Intersection Improvements include reconfiguring the road cross-section to include a bike lane and a turn lane to address long queue times at the intersection during peak hours.

    As reported in the TMP, the intersection of Church Road and Throup Road requires a roundabout in order to improve safety and sightlines, and deal with the difficult existing geometry and grades. This will help facilitate additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic from the Throup Road connection to Phillips Road, as well as from development in the surrounding area" (TMP, p.42)

    Brailsford Place Connection

    "Connect the west and east sections of Brailsford Place by removing the barrier currently in-place and alter street design to provide a continuous Local Street standard" (TMP, p. 68).

    Throup Connector Design (Charters to Phillips)

    Design as reported in the TMP: extending Throup Road to connect Charters Road and Phillips Road. This will provide a connection between Phillips Road and the Town Centre as an alternative to Highway 14 and is the first section of the “Grant Road Connector” project that is included in the MOU between the District and the Ministry (TMP, p. 41).

    Wadams/Otter Point/Grant Road West Design

    As documented in the TMP, "The section of Otter Point Road between Highway 14 and Wadams Way requires streetscape upgrades to provide walking and cycling facilities, as well as to address congestion at the intersection with Highway 14. The 2013 MOU with MoTI also prescribes the realignment of the intersection with Wadams Way in order to improve sightlines and safety, and allow a continuous connection to the Grant Road Connector to the west. A roundabout is the preferred treatment for this intersection" (TMP, p. 42).

    Drennan/Charters Intersection

    This project is required to support additional density from the 2 BC housing developments. A delay in implementation from 2021 is being considered to strategically implement these intersection upgrades closer to, or in conjunction with, the Throup connection to Phillips Road – this will ultimately reduce congestion on HWY 14.

    Phillips Road Design

    Design of Active Transportation upgrades, including Sidewalks and cycling facilities, on Phillips Road between Highway 14 and the future Throup Road intersection (TMP, p. 68).

    Charters Road Design

    Design of sidewalk installation and complete streets upgrade on Charters Road between Highway 14 and Throup Road / Journey Middle School (TMP, p. 68).

    EV Chargers

    Public charging station to be installed on Eustace Road.

    Streetlight Installation & Transit Stops
    Town core improvements in coordination with Church/Otter Point Corridor projects.

  • Director of Operations discusses 2021 Transportation Planning at 2021 Budget Open House

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    Director of Operations, Jeff Carter, discusses transportation planning within the five-year financial plan, see this video (at approximately 40-58 minute-mark).


  • Council authorizes staff to direct-award tender-ready design for the Church Road Roundabout and Church Road at Highway 14 Intersection projects

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    At the November 23, 2020 Regular Council Meeting, Council authorized staff to direct-award a contract for a tender-ready design for the Church Road Roundabout and Church Road at Highway 14 Intersection projects for $92,827 to McElhanney Ltd.


    Context & Discussion

    During the initial rezoning for the 2182 Church Road property, the developer produced a sketch mapping the basic layout for the roundabout to determine requirements for land dedication. As a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure requirement for the current zoning amendment for the same property, the developer was required to provide a conceptual design introducing a dedicated right turn lane to the Church Road/ Highway 14 intersection. For both preliminary designs, the past and present developers engaged McElhanney Ltd. as their design consultant.

    Based on cost-savings related to the initial preparatory work for the Church Road Roundabout, the District direct awarded a $25,000 contract to McElhanney to advance the old preliminary sketch into a full conceptual design, with the purpose of determining detailed frontage requirements and identifying cost-sharing opportunities in relation to development of the 2182 Church Road property. As of March 2021, the concept designs are nearing completion.

  • Council Approves Transportation Master Plan

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    Council approved the Transportation Master Plan, READ MORE >>.

Page last updated: 17 Dec 2021, 04:39 PM