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.

  • Closure of Charters Road in Sooke for Essential Infrastructure Upgrades: May 27, 2024 until October 2024

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    The District of Sooke is announcing the temporary closure of Charters Road from Golledge Avenue to Throup Roads to facilitate crucial infrastructure upgrades from Monday, May 27, 2024 until (approximately) October 2024. The closure is necessary for the placement of a culvert and structural repairs, along with the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes, aimed at enhancing safety for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The timing of the culvert placement and subsequent works around Throup Creek accommodate the fisheries window, ensuring minimal disruption to the local ecosystem.

    During this phase of the project, residents will still have access to Charters Road from Golledge Avenue and Throup Roads; however, through traffic on Charters Road will be redirected.

    In collaboration with School District 62, parking accommodations have been secured for ball season attendees. The parking lot at Journey Middle School will be available for public use on weekday evenings and weekends.

    Mayor Maja Tait remarked, "These repairs are long overdue. While disruption during construction is inevitable, the upcoming improvements will significantly enhance safety for our community."

    Efforts will be made to expedite the construction process while adhering to budgetary constraints if at all possible. Although the current target for road reopening is the end of October, potential delays due to unforeseen circumstances are acknowledged, as are less likely opportunities to more rapidly progress works. The District of Sooke will provide updates to the community regarding any changes to the timeline.

    More About the Fisheries Window

    During construction projects, particularly those involving waterways or areas near aquatic ecosystems, fisheries windows are designated periods during which certain activities are restricted or regulated to minimize impact on fish populations and their habitats.

    Fisheries windows are typically timed to align with critical periods in the lifecycle of fish species, such as spawning or migration seasons. These periods are carefully determined based on scientific research and provincial regulations to ensure the protection of fish populations and their habitats.

    Community Contact:
    District of Sooke Reception
    Tel: 250.642.1634
    Email: info@sooke.ca

  • Council Workshop of TMP Cross Sections, focus on Rual Areas and Associated Levels of Service

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    On Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 1pm, Council through Cpmmittee of the Whole, will participate in a Workshop on the TMP cross sections.

    The primary objective of the workshop is to facilitate a discussion on the application of the District's Transportation Master Plan, particularly focusing on cross sections for local roads. The insights and direction provided by the Council will guide staff in preparing updates to the revised Subdivision and Development Standards Bylaw (SDSB). These amendments are intended to enhance consistency and contextual appropriateness in cross-section application, particularly when road frontage improvement works are necessitated by developments.

    Agenda:

    1. Introduction to TMP Logistics and Development Standards: Understanding the relationship between TMPs, standards, and development requirements.
    2. Exploring Cross-Sections: Defining their significance and purpose within the TMP.
    3. Background of the District's TMP: Reviewing the factors that shaped the Transportation Master Plan and its reflection in cross-sections.
    4. Aligning with Best Practices: Assessing how TMP cross-sections align with industry best practices.
    5. Challenges and Solutions: Identifying challenges faced by Sooke in applying the TMP to the SDSB and discussing potential solutions.
    6. Community Engagement: Involving the community to gather insights and perspectives on potential changes.
    7. Next Steps: Determining desired actions and outlining the path forward.
  • Church/Throup Roundabout Reaches Substantial Completion

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    The District of Sooke is pleased to announce the substantial completion of the Church/Throup Roundabout, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing development of our transportation infrastructure.

    While the roundabout is open to traffic, we recognize that there are still some deficiencies to be addressed, including landscaping enhancements. Over the coming weeks, our team will work with contractors to ensure that these final touches are completed to the highest standards, further enhancing the aesthetic appeal and functionality of this intersection.

    The completion of the Church/Throup Roundabout is just one step in our commitment to implementing the initiatives outlined in the District of Sooke's Transportation Master Plan. Looking ahead, we are excited to announce the next phases of plan implementation as captured during the 2024 budget process, which include:

    Design Phase (2024):

    • Charters South
    • Throup Connector
    • Phillips Connector
    • Ella Road

    Current Projects Identified for 2025:

    • Charters Road North (2024-2025 build-out)
    • Charters Corridor South (2025)
    • Charters + Hwy 14 Intersection (2025)
    • Ella Road (2025)
    • Throup Road Design (Charters to Church/Throup Roundabout)

    Pending funding, we are also planning for the building out of the Thorup Road Connector, scheduled for 2026-2027. Additionally, in 2027, we aim to commence the construction of the Phillips Road Connector Project, further enhancing connectivity and accessibility within our community.

    We extend our sincere gratitude to the residents for their understanding and cooperation throughout the construction period. We are committed to continuing our efforts to enhance transportation infrastructure in Sooke for the benefit of all.

  • District of Sooke Invites Community Input on Crosswalk Improvements

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    The District of Sooke is seeking community input on proposed additions and improvements to crosswalks with pedestrian flashing lights on local roads within our community. This initiative, funded through the District’s Climate Action Program, aims to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility, as well as reduce carbon emissions by promoting active transportation options.

    Community members are encouraged to participate in the consultation process by providing feedback on potential crosswalk locations and pedestrian safety concerns. Input can be submitted ONLINE or by phone at 250.642.1634 until May 15, 2024.

    The project is a part of the District’s ongoing efforts to prioritize pedestrian safety and foster community resilience. Please note that the scope of this project is limited to the District’s local roads (it excludes Highway 14).

    For more information and to stay up to date on the implementation of Sooke’s Climate Action Plan and its focus on improving the quality of life for residents, please visit letstalk.sooke.ca/sooke2030.

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  • Province Announces $1 Million Investment in Active Transportation for Sooke

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    The District is sharing this announcement from the Province of British Columbia:

    B.C. builds cleaner communities with active transportation

    People will have more opportunities to enjoy multi-use pathways, protected bike lanes, pedestrian bridges and safety improvements as local, regional and Indigenous governments expand their active transportation infrastructure.

    For this intake period, $24 million from the Province will support 80 active transportation infrastructure projects in communities around British Columbia. These grants will help local governments plan and build improved connections to work, school and recreational centres, and create infrastructure in communities to support active modes of transportation.

    “People are choosing to walk, run and cycle more each year. Our support means communities can think bigger when tackling transportation challenges and providing more options for people to get around,” said Dan Coulter, B.C. Minister of State for Infrastructure and Transit, at an event for two projects in the Vancouver Island community of Sooke.

    In Sooke, new projects to build safe, inclusive active transportation connections will give people of all ages healthier and more convenient ways to explore their community. The completion of the Little River Multi-Use Trail will establish a vital link between the Sun River Neighbourhood and Ravens Ridge Park, connecting with Sooke’s town core.

    Along Charters Road, safety improvements are being built for cyclists and pedestrians. This project will include extended sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossing infrastructure and a boulevard enhancement.

    “I am thrilled and grateful to see the Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program bolstering our community's efforts toward a more sustainable and accessible future,” said Maja Tait, mayor of Sooke. “With projects like the Little River Multi-Use Trail and enhancements along Charters Road, we’re improving safety and also fostering a healthier, more connected and resilient community.”

    The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program funds Indigenous, local and regional governments with cost-sharing investments of as much as $500,000 for infrastructure projects, and as much as $50,000 to develop active transportation network plans.

    “People in Sooke and across our province are witnessing real, tangible enhancements in their neighbourhoods,” said Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “Promoting active transportation isn't just about roads and paths, it's about fostering safer, healthier and more convenient lifestyles for all. By investing in bike lanes, sidewalks, safe routes to schools and trail networks now, we're laying the foundation for a safer, more interconnected future that benefits everyone.”

    The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program supports the Province’s CleanBC commitment to increase shares of trips by walking, cycling and transit.

    Learn More:

    B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program:
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/funding-engagement-permits/funding-grants/active-transportation-infrastructure-grants

    Full announcement, including backgrounder:

    B.C. builds cleaner communities with active transportation | BC Gov News

  • Roundabout Functionality Expected This Week on Church/Throup Roundabout Construction Project

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    The eagerly awaited Church/Throup Roundabout project is reaching another significant milestone, with the roundabout anticipated to be functional by the end of this week. Completing this milestone marks a significant enhancement to the transportation infrastructure in our community, promising smoother traffic flow and increased safety for all road users.

    To facilitate the final stages of construction and ensure a seamless transition to the roundabout system, traffic control personnel will be stationed alongside construction crews. Additionally, signage will be in place to guide motorists through the new traffic pattern and assist with traffic flow.

    Residents and commuters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the proper usage of roundabouts. Here are some essential instructions to ensure safe navigation:

    1. Slow down as you approach the roundabout and yield to vehicles already in the circle.
    2. When entering the roundabout, yield to circulating traffic from your left.
    3. Keep to the right of the central island and continue around the circle until you reach your exit.
    4. Use your turn signal to indicate your intention to exit the roundabout.
    5. Remember to yield to pedestrians and cyclists in the crosswalks.

    Construction crews are continuing with concrete curbing in the roundabout button and islands, before completing asphalt paving (weather permitting) and proceeding to landscaping and line painting. Substantial completion is anticipated in early spring.

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  • Federal government supports active transportation infrastructure upgrades in Sooke

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    The District is thrilled to share this news from the Government of Canada on the District's successful Infrastructure Canada Grant Application and the resulting $1.3 million in funding towards the Little River Crossing multi-use pedestrian trails project.

    The Government of Canada and the District of Sooke are investing more than $2.1 million to upgrade and expand the Little River pedestrian crossing and existing multi-use trail system.

    Announced by Minister Sean Fraser and Mayor Maja Tait, the project will help residents stay active while getting around their community, while better connecting neighbourhoods in the community to the city centre and nearby schools.

    The upgrades and expansion entail conducting grade improvements to 180 metres of the current pedestrian trail on the eastern side of DeMamiel Creek – known as "Little River" by the T’Sou-Ke Nation – as well as creating a new trail on the western side. The project will also build a new pedestrian bridge with a viewing platform spanning the creek.

    This investment is part of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy, which aims to create and improve pathways, bike lanes, and pedestrian bridges all over the country. It’s a big step towards healthier living and creating closer communities, making a better-connected Canada for us all.

    Quotes

    “Canada is known for its natural beauty and rich cultural history. We’re proud to support projects that honour that while better connecting our communities. Improving the trail network surrounding DeMamiel Creek will help Sooke residents and visitors alike get around safely and enjoy all that the area has to offer. We will continue to invest in active transportation infrastructure improvements across the country that make life better for Canadians.”

    The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

    “This project will facilitate instrumental connectivity in our community. It will offer safe and efficient travel over Little River (Demamiel Creek) drastically improving residents’ ability to reach desired destinations including schools, local businesses and recreation amenities. I extend my appreciation to the federal government for this significant investment that is certain to have a profound impact on how citizens get around town – alleviating the need for vehicle travel in a core area of Sooke.”

    Her Worship, Maja Tait, Mayor of the District of Sooke

    Quick facts

    • The federal government is investing $1,307,610 in this project through the Active Transportation Fund (ATF), and the District of Sooke is contributing $871,740.
    • Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity, and includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes, cross-country skis, and more.
    • The federal government is investing billions of dollars to provide predictable federal public transit funding which will be available to support reliable, fast, affordable, and clean public transit solutions beginning in 2026-27. This investment includes $400 million through the Active Transportation Fund over five years, starting in 2021, to make travel by active transportation easier, safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.
    • The National Active Transportation Strategy is the country's first coast-to-coast-to-coast strategic approach for promoting active transportation and its benefits. The strategy’s aim is to make data-driven and evidence-based investments to build new and expanded active transportation networks and to create safe environments for more equitable, healthy, active, and sustainable travel options to thrive.
    • The Active Transportation Fund complements Canada’s strengthened climate plan: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. Through the plan, the federal government has committed to providing permanent federal to encourage cleaner modes of transportation, such as low and zero-emission vehicles, transit and active transportation in every community.
    • Active transportation infrastructure provides many tangible benefits, such as creating good middle-class jobs, strengthening the economy, promoting healthier lifestyles, providing affordable transportation options, cutting air and noise pollution, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in safer active transportation infrastructure is key to ensuring people of all ages and abilities can access jobs and services and connect with their communities.

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  • District Looking to Submit Additional Active Transportation Grant Applications

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    At the Monday, November 27, 2023 Council Meeting, staff will present two grant applications for Council's consideration.

    The team is seeking $1 million in funding for two projects through the province's Active Transportation stream, including Little River Pedestrian Crossing and the south end of Charters Road. The latter would round our phase 5 of ten active transportation projects looking to take shape in the town core and be executive following the successful competition of the Church/Throup Roundabout (2023-2024) at the north end of Charters Road (2024).

    Attend the public meeting in Council Chambers and the District of Sooke municipal hall or watch online, 7 pm start.

  • Church/Throup Roundabout Reaching Major Milestone Ahead of Schedule

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    The Church/Throup Roundabout Project is reaching a major milestone ahead of schedule! Paving of the first lift is scheduled to begin next week, weather permitting.

    Please be advised of the following related road work schedule, which is set from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

    • Church Road CLOSED from Wadams Way to Throup Road on:
      • Tuesday, November 28;
      • Wednesday, November 29; and
      • Friday, December 1.
    • Throup Road CLOSED at Church Road on:
      • Monday, December 11; and
      • Wednesday, December 13.

    Follow posted detours and instructions from traffic control personnel.

    We know that transportation and getting around Sooke safely is the “single biggest issue” for residents. We are listening and responding by moving forward with the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan as quickly as resources allow.

    Overall, we hope the inconvenience will be relatively short-lived. In the meantime, we kindly ask residents to pack their patience or make alternative plans, if possible. Consider carpooling or using Transit if these are viable options for your household.

    After progress is made on the Church/Throup Roundabout, we’ll proceed with the Charters Road Connector with works including significant structural repairs and the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes.

    The District’s efforts through longer-term planning are to manage both vehicle and pedestrian traffic off of Highway 14, on our local roads, through a combination of infrastructure improvements and economic development.

  • Installation of Drainage and Utility Works on Church Road, Wadams Way to Throup Road, October 2023

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    Longer delays are expected on Church Road the weeks of October 2nd and 9th and drainage and storm works are addressed in the area.

    Area neighbours will receive instructions from Hazelwood Construction as driveway access will be temporarily impacted. Crews will endeavour to provide 24 hours notice to affected residents. Please direct questions to Hazelwood Construction at 250-716-1940.

Page last updated: 23 May 2024, 03:15 PM