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Transportation Projects

Sinclair Road Upgrades

Start Date: Spring/Summer 2022

End Date: Winter/Spring 2023

Last Updated: January 2022

Update as of January 2022

Based on received comments from public engagement and additional investigations completed recently, the decision has been made to propose installation of a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Sinclair Rd and Cadboro Bay Rd.

Completed traffic modeling indicates that a mini-roundabout will operate significantly better than an all-way stop intersection presently and into the future, reducing delays to transit, goods, and general public. In addition it will encourage slower speeds through the village.

Please refer to PowerPoint [PDF - 337 KB] presentation for more explanation on mini-roundabout design considerations.

Please refer to conceptual drawing [PDF - 5 MB] for full Sinclair Road concept.

 Project Description:

The District of Saanich is undertaking complete road upgrades as well as water, sewer and storm drain replacements on Sinclair Road from Finnerty Road to Cadboro Bay Road.  As part of this project, Cadboro Bay Road between Killarney Rd to Penrhyn St will receive active transportation improvements on both sides of the road.

Subsurface pipe replacements will include 1000 meters of watermain and 350 meters of sanitary sewer and storm drain. The pipes in this area are nearing the end or their useful life and require replacement.

Sinclair Road is a Major road that services approximately 6500 vehicles per day including delivery trucks and public transit. It is a community gateway and a landmark entrance to Cadboro Bay Village as well as connection to Cadboro-Gyro Park Beach and the water. The road is narrow, has challenging topography with old growth trees on both sides of the road, as well as steep driveways to private properties and on-street parking.

As per Active Transportation Plan (ATP), adopted in 2018, this corridor should see an installation of an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling infrastructure, which means an installation of protected cycling facilities on both sides of the road.

Based on key polices, developed for Draft Local Area Plan (LAP), new design should:

  • Include new pedestrian crossing at Hobbs St, Haro Rd and Clarndon Rd.
  • Provide sidewalks on both sides of Sinclair Rd
  • Improve transit stop amenities and accessibility to encourage transit use
  • Maintain and enhance the green character of Sinclair Rd
  • Emphasize gateway features and incorporate wayfinding, public art and features celebrating local culture and history, where possible
  • Recognize and enhance the role of Sinclair Rd as a community gateway with its connection to the water
  • Provide on-street parking where possible

Project Goals:

  • Upgrade and improve underground infrastructure, including the installation of a new watermain, sanitary sewer and storm drain pipes.
  • Install new pedestrian and cycling facilities to promote safe walking and bike riding
  • Install new crosswalks as per Draft LAP
  • Install new boulevards and plant trees where possible
  • Improve bus stops
  • Include new left access into UVIC
  • Install new street luminaire
  • Install parallel on-street parking where possible

Project Status: Detailed Design

Project Managers:

  • Vira Pikhteryeva - above ground design; 
  • Peter Kelly - underground design

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Albina-Maddock-Orillia Road Improvements

Start Date: Spring 2022
End Date: Fall 2022
Last Updated: August 2021
Budget: $1,500,000

Project Description:

The District plans to improve the residential roads of Albina Street, Maddock Avenue, and Orillia Street with sidewalks, crosswalks, road widening, and boulevard trees.

The District’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP), approved by Council in 2018, identified the need for sidewalks on Albina Street, Maddock Avenue, and Orillia Street with a short term priority. This project surrounds the Tillicum Community School and many of the planned improvements were determined by the Safe Routes to School Program.

During project initiation it was determined that safety at the schools pick-up / drop-off areas could be improved by widening the road, which will also provide street parking opportunities for the residents. Sidewalks will be built, separated were possible, and boulevard trees will be planted to create a safe, attractive residential streetscape.

Please see the conceptual design plan. (Link to be added once finalized)

Project Status: Design
Project Manager: Ashley Locke

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Wilkinson Road Overlay - Mann to Glyn

Start Date: Summer 2022
End Date: Fall 2022
Last Updated: August 2021
Budget: $350,000

Project Description:  

Wilkinson Road between Mann Avenue and Glyn Road has been identified for asphalt re-paving as part of the District’s Pavement Rehabilitation Program. Road and sidewalk maintenance will be included in the project. Pedestrian improvements at the Carey Road and Wilkinson Road intersection, road widening for bike lanes where feasible, and sidewalk construction at Smith Place will also be combined with the Wilkinson Overlay Project.

The Safe Routes to School Program has identified safety concerns for pedestrians at the Carey Road and Wilkinson Road intersection. The District plans to realign the approach of Carey Road and build new curb returns and sidewalks to current design standard. The desired outcome is to improve visibility between pedestrians and motor vehicles, shorten the pedestrian crossing distance, and slow vehicle turning speeds.

The District’s Active Transportation Plan identified Wilkinson Road as part of the bicycle network. Options for road widening and the installation of bike lanes between Carey Road and Glyn Road were reviewed. At this time the installation of northbound bike lane will be competed. Road widening for southbound bicycle lanes requires further review and will be completed at a later date.

The installation of a new sidewalk across the entrance of Smith Place was identified during project initiation site reviews. Desired outcomes are to clearly define the pedestrian area and improve pedestrian safety, especially for persons with limit mobility and/or vision.

Wilkinson Road Overlay - Mann to Glyn Conceptual Plan [PDF - 1 MB]

Project Status: Detailed Design
Project Manager: Ashley Locke

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Burnside Road West - Road Improvements

Start Date: Summer 2022
End Date: Fall 2022
Last Updated: January 2022
Budget: TBD

Project Description:  

The District of Saanich is undertaking a repaving project on Burnside Road West from Charlton Road to 1950 Burnside Road West. As part of the District's Pavement Rehabilitation Program, Burnside Road West was identified for asphalt re-paving. 

The project includes repaving the road, replacing a roadside barrier, and adding additional signage.

 A delay in traffic will occur in this area during construction. The District of Saanich will be responsible for the restoration of the construction area, and will try to minimize any inconvenience to local residents during the construction period. Construction is anticipated to start summer 2022.

Project Status: Detailed Design
Project Manager: Graeme Galloway

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Orillia Street Underground Utility Upgrades & Road and Sidewalk Improvements

Start Date: Early April 2021 
End Date: September 2021
Last Updated: April 2021

Project Description: 

Underground Utilities – Saanich will be replacing 125 meters of storm drain pipe and 170 meters of water pipe. These works are being done as part of Saanich’s ongoing infrastructure replacement program. The existing pipes have reached the end of their useful lives. 

Roadway Improvements – In addition to the pipe works Saanich is also planning on undertaking sidewalk and road improvement works on Orillia Street, from Burnside Road W to Hampton Road. The project includes rebuilding the existing roadway, the installation of a concrete sidewalk and curb on the east side of Orillia, and the installation of a concrete curb on the west side of the road.  The east corners at Burnside at Orillia and Orillia at Hampton corner will also be provided with accessibility improvements.

Project Status: Under Construction  
Project Managers: Peter Kelly - Underground Works; Stuart White - Road Improvements

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Gordon Head Road Sidewalk Upgrades

Start Date: Mid 2021
End Date: Late 2021
Last Updated: May 2021
Budget: $780,000

Project Description:  As part of the District's Active and Safe Routes to School program, Gordon Head Ave was identified as needing pedestrian and cycling improvement. The project is also recognized and supported within the District's Active Transportation Plan.

Project Goals:  The improvement includes providing 2.0m wide concrete sidewalk behind existing concrete curb on the west side of Gordon Head Road between 3912 Gordon Head Road and Midgard Ave, accessible corner ramps at each of the 4 intersections along the project Gordon Head Road, and a cycling / pedestrian crossing to the existing Uvic path will be provided at Midgard.

Project Status:  Construction
Project Manager: Claire Robinson

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Margaret Ave Sidewalk Installation

Start Date: Late 2021
End Date: Early 2022
Last Updated: February 2021
Budget: $340,000

Project Description:  As part of the District's Active and Safe Routes to School program, Margaret Ave was identified as needing pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. The project is also recognized and supported within the District's Active Transportation Plan.

This project includes installing 300m of monolithic and separated sidewalk on Margaret St from Raymond Stn to Glanford Ave, and improvements to the existing crossings at Margaret and Raymond Stn.

Project Goals:  This project aims to provide a sidewalk for students attending McKenzie Elementary School as part of the Safe Routes to School program. Currently there is no pedestrian or cycling infrastructure for students attending McKenzie Elementary School. By providing these facilities, it will encourage the community to try more modes of active transportation.

Project Status:  Detailed Design
Project Manager: Claire Robinson

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Arrow Road Upgrades

Start Date: May 2021
End Date: Spring 2022
Last Updated: January 2022
Budget: TBD

Project Description:  The District of Saanich is undertaking a sidewalk upgrade project on Arrow Road from Cedar Hill Road to 1550 Arrow Road. The project includes the installation of a concrete sidewalk on the north side of the road connecting the existing sidewalk on Cedar Hill Road to the recently added sidewalk in front of 1550 Arrow Road. Some road realignment, minor widening, and minor storm drain improvements are also planned. 

Project Goals: Arrow Road acts as a pedestrian corridor connecting the Bow Park path trail network to Cedar Hill Road, and sidewalk improvements will complete the missing link in the local walking network. 

View the project notification
View the project sketch [PDF - 4 MB]

Project Status: Construction
Project Manager: Graeme Galloway

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Interurban and Markham Signalized Intersection

Start Date: Fall 2022
End Date: Winter 2023
Last Updated: January 2022
Budget: $150,000

Project Description: The District of Saanich is undertaking an intersection upgrade project at Interurban Road and Markham Street. The project includes the installation of a fully signalized traffic signal at the intersection, sidewalk and accessibility improvements at the intersection, and bus access improvements.

Project Goals: The intersection of Interurban Road and Markham Street is a key access point to Camosun College and the Vancouver Island Technology Park. Adding a fully signalized traffic signal and other roadside improvements will enhance the accessibility for transit and vehicle traffic off Interurban Road, and help shift vehicle traffic off the internal College parking lot roads onto Markham.

Project Status: Detailed Design
Project Manager: Graeme Galloway

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Royal Oak Avenue Sidewalk Upgrades 

Start Date: Early 2021
End Date: Mid 2021
Last Updated: May 2021
Budget: $1,200,000

Project Description:  The District of Saanich is undertaking an infrastructure project on Royal Oak Ave. The project includes upgrading the existing sidewalk on the north side of Royal Oak Ave. The project aims to complete the gap in sidewalk network and rebuild the asphalt pathway with standard concrete sidewalk.

The project will consist of two phases. The first phase is to install adequate storm infrastructure to replace a small portion of the ditch being infilled, and the second is the construction of the above-ground infrastructure. As part of the underground portion, there will be some disruptions to the area's water service with scheduled shut-offs. 

The first shut-off will occur on March 14th, 2021, and the second on March 17th, 2021. The flushing is set to begin at approximately 9:00 am on these days and lasts for 6 hours. Residents that will not have access to their water service will be notified by mail. Residents in the Broadmead, Blenkinsop, and Falaise communities may experience lower than usual water pressure during these times.

Update May 2020: The underground portion of work for this project has been completed. The Saanich Roads department is currently undertaking their portion of work for the sidewalk installation.

Project Goals:  Royal Oak Ave, from Chatterton Way to Royal Oak Dr, will have universally accessible sidewalk on one side of the road right-of-way by 2020. The objective of this project is to design and construct universally accessible concrete sidewalk, separated wherever possible, on Royal Oak Ave.

Project Status:  Construction
Project Manager: Claire Robinson

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Shelbourne Street Improvements Project (SSIP)

 We've created a dedicated web page for this comprehensive project - please click here.

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West Saanich Road and Prospect Lake Road / Sparton Road Intersection

Start Date: Winter/Spring 2022

End Date: Fall/Winter 2022

Last Updated: October 2021

Project Description: Saanich is working with a design consultant to complete the conceptual design of a full intersection upgrade at West Saanich Rd and Prospect Lake Rd / Sparton Rd. This will include improvements to traffic flow with safe access in all directions by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the Prospect Lake Elementary School, nearby businesses and the Interurban trail.

Project Goals:

  • Improve traffic movements at the intersection
  • Provide safe facilities that promote safe streets and more people walking and riding bikes
  • Extend pedestrian pathway/walkway from Whitehead Park at Goward Rd to the Community Hall to close any gaps
  • Upgrade Watermain Design from the intersection to the Prospect Lake school

Update as at October 21, 2021:

As of October 2021, West Saanich – Prospect Lake/Sparton intersection and sidewalk upgrade project has reached an important milestone with the project being open for tender by contractors. 

Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2022 and will take approximately nine months to complete.  

Construction notifications with more details on construction schedule as well as anticipated traffic impacts will be sent to residents of this area closer to beginning of construction.

A delay in traffic as well as partial road closures may occur in this area during construction.

Notifications will be provided to directly impacted property owners and businesses for disruption of driveway access prior to any works in front of their properties. 

Update as at July 22, 2021:

As of July 2021, the detailed design drawings and tender documents for the West Saanich – Prospect Lake/Sparton intersection and sidewalk upgrades have been completed.

As a result of the volatile construction pricing market we have elected to tender this work in the fall of 2021 so the construction can start in early 2022. The parking lot construction at Prospect Lake Elementary School will be completed subsequently to the intersection and sidewalk construction.

Update as at December 18, 2020:

As of end of December 2020 our consultant is continuing to work on developing a detailed design drawing for West Saanich – Prospect lake/Sparton intersection and sidewalk design along Prospect Lake Road and Sparton Road and preparation of Tender Documents for upcoming construction tender. Additionally, we are happy to announce that as a result of collaboration between School District 63 and the District of Saanich, we are moving ahead with the Prospect Lake Elementary School parking lot design on the school’s property.

Prospect Lake Elementary’ s existing parking lot currently serves the school’s community during school hours as well as the public using the District of Saanich’s soccer field and tennis courts during non-school hours. At peak periods the existing parking lot gets overwhelmed with traffic resulting in congestion along Prospect Lake Rd. The addition of the new parking lot with an additional 34 parking spots will allow increased vehicle capacity at the site, improve safety for students getting on and off school buses, and increase capacity for student drop off areas, which help reduce the peak congestion along Prospect Lake Rd.

We expect Construction Tender to happen in the beginning of 2021 with construction commencing in the spring of 2021. Parking lot construction will be completed subsequent to intersection and sidewalk construction.

We want to thank you all for your patience during the design developing stage and we want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!

Update as at March 11, 2020:

After extensive public feedback, the preferred design of a new traffic signal was chosen for the intersection of West Saanich/Prospect Lake/Sparton. The traffic signal design had the added benefits of limiting parking impacts to the surrounding businesses and a safer design for pedestrians and cyclists.

Please review a summary of the public open house in this supplemental technical memo.

See the proposed design here.

 Update as at February 13, 2020:

We would like to express our deep appreciation to all who attended the Open House event and to all who provided us with comments and insights on how to improve the  concept designs. Based on the comments received during the public participation phase of the project Saanich Engineering has begun working on finalizing a final concept for West Saainich – Prospect Lake/Sparton intersection and sidewalk from Whitehead Park at Goward Rd to Prospect Lake Community Hall.

The updated concept as well as the summary from the public participation phase will be posted to this webpage in February.

 Update as at October 15, 2019: 

The project’s design consultant has presented The District with two recommended options for improvement of West Saanich – Prospect Lake/Sparton intersection and a sidewalk from Whitehead Park at Goward Rd to Prospect Lake Community Hall.

The proposed concepts were developed with consideration taken to the existing and 20 year projected traffic volumes, surrounding topography, proximity of local school and businesses locations and accessibility to therein, geotechnical findings, environmental impacts, soil quality assessment, and a tree survey.

Based on these findings, the project design consultant’s recommended two preferable options for the intersection – a roundabout and a signalized intersection. Included in their submission is a sidewalk design which begins at Goward Rd and connects to the Community Hall on Sparton Rd.

Concepts and the technical memorandum

 

Project Status: Tender
Project Manager: Vira Pikhteryeva

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Water Resources Projects

Forrest Watermain Upgrade

Start Date: January 10, 2022 
Last Updated: January 5, 2022

Project Description: Saanich is currently starting construction to replace the watermain on Forrester Street from Richmond Road to Foul Bay Road. The existing watermain has been determined to require replacement due to its condition.

Project notification: See attached [PDF - 291 KB]

Project Status: Under Construction

Project Manager: Adam Overend

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 Quadra Street: Roadworks & Storm Drain Replacement

Start Date: Mid-July 2021 
End Date: August 2021
Last Updated: September 2021

Project Description: 

The District of Saanich is undertaking road and storm drain improvements on Quadra Street. The road works, including paving and sidewalk improvements on Quadra Street between Rock Street and Mckenzie Avenue has started and will continue over the next 2 months.

The storm drainage works include the replacement of an aging large diameter wood stave pipe that runs under Quadra Street between Greenridge Crescent and Reynolds Road. This main is very deep, more than 2 metres in sections, resulting in an excavation footprint over several traffic lanes. This drainage work is scheduled to start on July 12 and will continue for approximately four (4 ) weeks.

Due to the size of the drainage pipe being replaced and its location within the roadway, Quadra Street will be completely closed to through traffic, pedestrians and cyclists between Greenridge Crescent and Reynolds Road for the entirety of the main installation. 

Vehicles and BC Transit buses will be detoured around the project and will use Mckenzie Avenue, Borden Street and Reynolds Road. Go to the BC Transit Web Site for more Information. Cyclists and pedestrians can detour around the project using the Lochside Trail, Borden Street and  Reynolds Road. Detour signage will be provided.  Lochside Trail will remain open throughout the project.

All businesses in the work area will remain open and access will be provided for staff, customers and deliveries. 

Update - September 8, 2021: The District of Saanich will be reducing Quadra Street to two lanes (one each way) on Monday and Tuesday, September 13 and 14, from 9:00am until 7:00pm, in order to complete some drainage works. The lane closures will be within a short section of roadway directly south of Greenridge Cresent on Quadra Street.

Project Status: Under Construction  
Project Manager: Peter Kelly - Drainage Works; Vira Pikhteryeva - Roadworks

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Orillia Street Underground Utility Upgrades & Road and Sidewalk Improvements

Start Date: Early April 2021 
End Date: September 2021
Last Updated: April 2021

Project Description: 

Underground Utilities – Saanich will be replacing 125 meters of storm drain pipe and 170 meters of water pipe. These works are being done as part of Saanich’s ongoing infrastructure replacement program. The existing pipes have reached the end of their useful lives. 

Roadway Improvements – In addition to the pipe works Saanich is also planning on undertaking sidewalk and road improvement works on Orillia Street, from Burnside Road W to Hampton Road. The project includes rebuilding the existing roadway, the installation of a concrete sidewalk and curb on the east side of Orillia, and the installation of a concrete curb on the west side of the road.  The east corners at Burnside at Orillia and Orillia at Hampton corner will also be provided with accessibility improvements.

Project Status: Under Construction  
Project Managers: Peter Kelly - Underground Works; Stuart White - Road Improvements

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Winston Crescent Sanitary and Water Main Upgrades

Start Date: February 2021 
Project Duration: 16 weeks
Last Updated: March 2021

Project Description: Saanich will be undertaking a sanitary and water main upgrade project on Winston Crescent from Falmouth Road to Leslie Drive. The scope of the work includes replacement of existing sewer and water mains and services. 

During construction, work will take place between 8:00am and 4:30pm from Monday to Friday. Vehicle access will be restricted to local traffic only. Traffic control personnel and signage will be in-place to help direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians through and around the work area. 

Phased disruption to services in the area will occur during construction. Public Works will notify residents a minimum of 24 hours prior to any planned water shut-offs. Garbage and recycling services will be maintained.

Project Status: Under construction  
Project Manager: Jameson Mtanga

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Taylor Sanitary and Storm Upgrade 

Start Date: January 2022 
Last Updated: September 2021

Project Description: Saanich is currently in the design stage to replace the sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure on Taylor Street from Dean Avenue to Foul Bay Road. The existing sanitary and storm infrastructure has been determined to require replacement due to condition and recent failures in the area. This project has risen in capital priority for 2021 implementation.

Taylor Sanitary and Storm Upgrade - Project Notification [PDF - 415 KB]

Project Status: Under Construction
Project Manager: Adam Overend

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Portage Inlet Low Pressure Sewer Project

Construction Start Date: Summer 2021
Last Updated: March 2021

Project Description:   In the Portage Inlet area there are 3 sanitary sewer pump stations (Ashley, Murray No.2 and Glenwood) that are at the end of their service life and in need of replacement. Initially started in 2014, this project was paused in 2016 for further consideration. In 2019, the District of Saanich undertook a comprehensive study of several options in order to determine the best solution to maintain sewer services in the area. The project has risen in capital priority for implementation in 2021.

Project Updates:

Portage Inlet LPS Project Background & FAQ's [PDF - 187 KB]
February 27, 2020 [PDF - 637 KB]
March 13, 2020 [PDF - 674 KB]
March 20, 2020 [PDF - 679 KB]
April 16, 2020 [PDF - 676 KB] 
August 5, 2020 [PDF - 678 KB] 
March 1, 2021 [PDF - 632 KB] 
June 25, 2021 [PDF - 634 KB]

Project Status: Project Implementation
Project Manager: Joel Upsdell

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Gorge View Drive Multi-Utility Upgrade

Start Date: September 2020
Completion Date: December 2020

Project Description: Saanich will be undertaking a utility upgrade project on Gorge View Drive from Gorge Road West to Vincent Avenue. The scope of the underground work is replacement of water, sanitary and storm mains and services. Surface work will include full-width asphalt overlay.

Project Status: Construction Completed
Project Manager: Jameson Mtanga

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Inlet Avenue Multi-Utility Upgrade

Start Date: April 2021
Completion Date: September 2021
Last Updated: August 2021

Project Description: Saanich is currently undertaking a utility upgrade project on Inlet Avenue from Gorge Road West to Admirals Road. The scope of the underground work is replacement of water, sanitary, and storm mains and services. Surface work will include full-width asphalt overlay.

The crew has completed approximately 50% of the drain and sewer work and has been away working on a priority project on Quadra St. Construction resumed August 9, 2021 with the drain and sewer works scheduled to complete in approximately 8 weeks. The waterworks and paving will be an additional 8 weeks.

Construction Update - August 9, 2021 [PDF - 696 KB]

Project Status: Under Construction
Project Manager: Jameson Mtanga

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