Welcome to the McKenzie Interchange Project engagement website.

The purpose of this website is to provide you with information about the McKenzie Interchange Project and allow you an opportunity to provide input and share your thoughts throughout the project.

The Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada are investing $96 million in the development and construction of the McKenzie Interchange Project, a new interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway at the intersection with Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue in Saanich. The intersection is the number one bottleneck on Vancouver Island. The project will help improve traffic flow in the Capital Regional District, while reducing collisions and improving pedestrian and cyclist safety.

The final design announced in spring 2016 reflects input from the public and many stakeholders, including the District of Saanich and other local governments, community associations, cycling groups, First Nations, emergency service providers, park stewards, nearby schools and BC Transit. Construction began on September 29, 2016. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates removing the traffic lights on Highway 1 by this upcoming winter. The entire project, including the loop ramp, landscaping and transit facilities, is now expected to finish by summer 2020.

You can learn more and continue to provide input by:

McKenzie Interchange Plan (click to enlarge)

McKenzie Interchange Plan Birds Eye View


Current Traffic Advisories

For the most up-to-date travel information and all traffic advisories, please check DriveBC.

The following is an aggregate of DriveBC traffic advisories for the construction area:

CONSTRUCTION on Highway 1 at Exit 6: McKenzie Ave

Highway 1 (on Vancouver Island), in both directions. Road construction work at Exit 6: McKenzie Ave (Saanich). 900m north to 800m south of McKenzie. Possible delays between 8pm-530 am nightly until further notice. 60 km/hr construction speed zone in effect 24/7. Traffic pattern changes on McKenzie Ave & Admirals Road ongoing until Oct 15 for construction of the Hwy 1 underpass approaches. Last updated Wed Aug 14 at 3:57 PM PDT. (DBC-2630)

CONSTRUCTION on Highway 1 Tillicum Rd

Highway 1 (on Vancouver Island), southbound. Road construction work between Tillicum Rd and Carey Rd for 1.1 km (Saanich). Until Mon Sep 30. From 7:00 PM to 5:30 AM PDT daily. Southbound lane closure. Lane Shift SB slow/fast lanes between Tillicum Road and Carey Road, median barrier removed. 24hrs a day July through September 2019. Last updated Wed Jul 3 at 3:14 PM PDT. (DBC-9804)

CONSTRUCTION on Highway 17 Vernon Crt

Highway 17. Electrical maintenance planned between Vernon Crt and Ravine Way for 0.3 km (Saanich). Starting Sun Sep 29 at 9:00 PM PDT until Mon Sep 30 at 5:00 AM PDT. Last updated Thu Aug 29 at 12:50 PM PDT. (DBC-11409)