How big and how soon are still questions prominent on the minds of those who drive the Island’s south coast highway.
But there is no longer doubt as to whether steps will be taken to improve safety and efficiency on Sooke Road.
Days before he jets off on a trade trip to Asia, Premier John Horgan delivered some hopeful words to the Highway 14 lobby during a wide-ranging media scrum at the legislature.
“The former government asked for a review of the corridor. That review came to me some months ago and it was inadequate, so I asked the [Ministry of Transporation and Infrastructure] to go back and look at it again.
“Of course, since then we’ve had another fatality on the Highway 14 corridor. We’re going to be making an announcement later in the week on some preliminary steps for safety improvements and there’ll be much more work done in that corridor.”
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Highway 14 is the main — and for many stretches the only — artery connecting the West Shore to Sooke and beyond to Port Renfrew. Horgan expanded the initial Langford to Sooke study to include Port Renfrew and West Coast Road.