Raised highway option nixed for new McKenzie interchange
An option that would have seen the Trans-Canada Highway pass over the McKenzie-Admirals intersection has been taken off the table by the B.C. government.
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:51PM PST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:54PM PST
One of the options put forward for a long-awaited highway interchange in Greater Victoria has been taken off the table.
B.C. has nixed an option that would have seen a highway overpass built atop the McKenzie-Admirals intersection.
The Ministry of Transportation said it received concerns regarding potential visibility, noise and higher costs of building the overpass.
It said it heard strong opposition to the idea of using roundabouts with the interchange, so that idea has also been dropped.
That leaves two options – a diamond-shaped interchange with the Trans-Canada Highway running underneath the intersection, and an interchange with a partial cloverleaf design on the south side, also with the highway running below it.
Both of those options include a pedestrian and cyclist overpass on the north side.
The two remaining options are being presented at an open house that runs from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall.
Residents can also give their feedback online until March 8 on the B.C. government’s website.
More than 1,100 comments from citizens were received during the first round of community engagement, the province said.
The provincial and federal governments have earmarked a combined $85-million for the project.