Lang­ford seeks $16M fund­ing for Sooke con­nec­tor

Times Colonist - - Front Page - AMY SMART

Driv­ers will have another route to get from the Tran­sCanada High­way to Sooke if fund­ing comes through for a new road be­tween West­shore Park­way and Sooke Road.

The City of Lang­ford has ap­plied for fed­eral and provin­cial support to ex­tend West­shore Park­way, which con­nects with the high­way at a lighted in­ter­sec­tion north­west of the Leigh Road over­pass, by 3.5 kilo­me­tres at an es­ti­mated $24-mil­lion cost.

“It’s meant to be a key north-south con­nec­tor be­tween the Trans-Canada High­way and Sooke Road,” said Michelle Ma­hovlich, Lang­ford’s di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing.

“It will serve the re­gion, as well as the City of Lang­ford. Lo­cally, it will con­nect res­i­dents in the Sooke Lake Road area to the other more pop­u­lated ar­eas of Lang­ford.”

The road would run south from West­shore Park­way over the rail­way tracks to con­nect with Lang­ford Park­way at a round­about. From there, it would con­tinue south to meet Sooke Road at Aws­worth Road.

Lang­ford staff hope the New Build­ing Canada Fund will cover two-thirds of the cost, with equal shares com­ing from the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments. The city would cover the re­main­ing third.

The road would con­sist of two driv­ing lanes, a mid­dle turn lane as nec­es­sary, bike lanes along the full length, as well as street lights and side­walks in ur­ban ar­eas.

The plan also in­volves in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter, stormwa­ter, san­i­tary sewer and elec­tri­cal im­prove­ments. Much of the area along the route is zoned for de­vel­op­ment or pro­posed for de­vel­op­ment in the of­fi­cial com­mu­nity plan, Ma­hovlich said.

She could not say how many jobs would be cre­ated dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase, but said the num­ber would be sig­nif­i­cant.

Lang­ford plans to pay its por­tion us­ing de­vel­op­ment­cost charges, which are funds col­lected from land de­vel­op­ers by a mu­nic­i­pal­ity to help cover costs as­so­ci­ated with new roads, parks and other pub­lic projects.

The $14-bil­lion New Build­ing Canada Fund sup­ports projects of na­tional, re­gional and lo­cal sig­nif­i­cance that pro­mote eco­nomic growth, job cre­ation and pro­duc­tiv­ity, ac­cord­ing to In­fra­struc­ture Canada.

Grant sub­mis­sions aren’t due un­til Feb. 18, so Ma­hovlich said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is not an­tic­i­pat­ing a re­sponse be­fore then.

If ap­proved, con­struc­tion could be­gin as early as this fall, with com­ple­tion in sum­mer 2017.

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