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New TCH traffic light at Carey Road to allow highway access for BC Transit buses

An aerial depicting the location of the soon-to-be-activated bus-only traffic light along the Trans Canada Highway at Carey Road and upcoming dual turn lanes at Saanich Road for motorists destined towards Uptown Shopping Centre and Saanich's core.  Google/Citified

New TCH traffic light at Carey Road to allow highway access for BC Transit buses
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA

As drivers enthusiastically await next year's completion of the Trans Canada Highway's $85 million McKenzie Interchange the Ministry of Transportation is readying to unveil another traffic light along the busy highway corridor.

A bus-only signalized crossing will soon be operational along the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) at Carey Road to enable southbound BC Transit buses to cross the highway and continue towards downtown Victoria along Douglas Street, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

The work is part of a bus lane project under construction between Carey Road and Tillicum Road that will allow transit operators to jump westbound traffic queued at Tillicum Road.

Motorists recently lost the ability to turn left onto Carey Road from the TCH's southbound lanes as part of the work. However, once the bus lane is complete an accompanying dual turning lane at Saanich Road will better handle the increase in traffic heading towards Uptown Shopping Centre and Saanich's commercial core via Saanich Road.

Victoria's Douglas Street corridor bus lane project has been a multi-phased undertaking spanning several years. Bus lanes are currently operational northbound between Chatham Street in downtown Victoria and Tolmie Avenue. Southbound lanes are limited to Hillside Avenue through Chatham Street, although construction is currently underway on an extension from Tolmie Avenue to Hillside Avenue. C

  
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