Build it and they will come.
That’s what the City of Colwood hopes, after announcing on Monday that funding has finally been secured for a new viaduct over the Island Highway to improve connection on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The estimated $4.9 million project, slated for completion in 2026, will benefit from a $3.6 million grant from the Investing in Canada infrastructure program.
Currently, the trail is interrupted by a few obstacles. When the trail meets Wale Road in Colwood, users should venture south a few hundred yards to the Island Highway intersection, wait to cross at the light, then head west on short distances to reconnect with the trail higher on the dual carriageway.
The bridge would span the busy road and allow users a quicker and easier connection to the next section of the Goose, which passes south of Sooke Road and crosses it at the entrance to Royal Roads University.
“Imagine a beautifully designed bridge at the entrance to Colwood with cyclists navigating safely above traffic on a beautiful, smooth ride through Colwood and beyond to other parts of the region,” Mayor Rob Martin said in a statement. He expects the overpass to increase the number of cyclists and pedestrians using this part of the trail.
As of last week, around 57,000 pedestrians and cyclists on the trail were recorded in 2022 by the automated counter at the junction with Wale Road.
The project was highlighted as a community need in Colwood’s Official Community Plan in 2018 and Transportation Master Plan in 2015. A feasibility study was completed in 2016, but funding was not available at the time. era.
Colwood will contribute about $1.4 million to the project with reserve funding earmarked for community amenities, according to the city.
Staff are working with federal, provincial and regional partners to begin “defining the scope of the project”, with design work and costs beginning in 2023 and the project expected to be completed before the 2026 funding deadline.
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