The following are previous construction updates and traffic advisories:

March 2018

Lane shifts returning to Highway 1 at Admirals/McKenzie

From Saturday, March 24, through Friday, March 30, 2018, while the water main system is connected and tested, traffic will run on the same temporary alignment that was put in place for a limited time in February. For southbound traffic, the highway will have a bend on either side of the Admirals/McKenzie intersection, and northbound traffic will have a minor diversion north of the intersection.

These temporary alignments are designed for motorists to pass through safely at 50 kilometres per hour (km/h). Drivers are asked to keep moving through the construction site while following signs, watching for workers, and obeying the construction speed limit of 50 km/h.

Anticipated lower water pressure and discolouration

The District of Saanich advises that beginning at 7 a.m. Friday March 23, 2018, the Capital Regional District Integrated Water Services will shut down a section of its No. 3 water transmission main for the McKenzie Interchange project construction. This is part of the ongoing site work to relocate this water main outside of the highway footprint.

Due to this shutdown, Saanich water service customers in the Gorge and Tillicum area will likely experience reduced water pressure and, potentially, changes to the colour of the water as the distribution system adjusts to the varying water supply conditions. Saanich Waterworks crews will be in the area March 23 flushing the water mains to remove any discolouration caused by the system disruption. Pressure reduction may continue for up to one week.

Saanich residents are encouraged to flush an outside tap for 15 minutes if they experience discoloured water. If the condition persists, please contact Saanich Waterworks at 250-475-5481.

For more information specific to the CRD water main construction, visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/service/drinking-water

February 9, 2018

Beginning Feb. 12, traffic will be shifted into temporary lanes, and the construction zone speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/h while crews install the new CRD water main. This traffic pattern change will be in place 24/7 for approximately one week to help ensure the safety of drivers, as well as workers. More information is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018TRAN0019-000182

July 31, 2017:

All travellers – including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – are advised that McKenzie Avenue will be closed while construction crews pour the new concrete deck for the Galloping Goose Trail bridge as part of the McKenzie Interchange Project.

McKenzie Avenue will be closed tonight, Monday, July 31, between Burnside Road West and Highway 1 from 11 p.m. tonight until 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Traffic on McKenzie Avenue bound for Highway 1 will be able to turn onto Burnside Road. Traffic heading toward McKenzie Avenue from Admirals will be directed to turn onto Highway 1. Travellers along Highway 1 will be able to exit at Helmcken, Interurban or Tillicum instead of McKenzie Avenue.

Please plan to use alternative routes and allow for extra time.

July 5, 2017:

Highway 1 will be closed overnight July 6-7.

Drivers are advised that Highway 1 will be closed overnight between McKenzie Avenue/Admirals Road and Six Mile Road to ensure the safety of drivers and construction crews while the old pedestrian-cyclist bridge is removed.

The closure will begin Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11 p.m. and the highway will re-open by 5:30 a.m. on Friday July 7. Traffic travelling westbound on Highway 1 will still be permitted to turn off the highway onto McKenzie Avenue or Admirals Road. During this time, drivers are asked to please use alternative routes and allow for extra time. The signed detour route for traffic, including trucks, will be via Admirals Road, Island Highway and Six Mile Road.

Pedestrians and cyclists are advised that the Galloping Goose Trail will remain open but please watch for signs and workers.

Every effort will be made to open these routes as quickly as possible, as soon as it is safe for both the construction crews and the travelling public. The work schedule may change due to weather and other conditions.

All travellers including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to plan alternative routes and to allow for extra time. Please also obey traffic control personnel and construction speed limits, and watch for workers and highway message boards.

June 14, 2017:

Highway 1 will be closed overnight from June 22 to June 23 to allow crews to install a temporary pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Highway 1. The closure will begin at midnight and the highway will re-open by 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning (June 23). During this time, please use alternative routes and allow for extra time. Every effort will be made to open the highway as quickly as possible, as soon as it is safe for both the construction crews and the travelling public.

The Galloping Goose Trail will remain open but pedestrians and cyclists are asked to please watch for signs and workers.

The work schedule may change due to weather and other conditions.

June 9, 2017:

The following closures will allow crews to install the Galloping Goose Trail bridge over McKenzie

Avenue and the temporary pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Highway 1:

  • Monday, June 12, from 11 p.m. to Tuesday, June 13, at 5:30 a.m. McKenzie Avenue will be closed between Burnside Road W and Highway 1.
  • Tuesday, June 13, from 11 p.m. to Wednesday, June 14, at 5:30 a.m. McKenzie Avenue will be closed between Burnside Road W and Highway 1.
  • Tuesday June 20, from midnight to 5:30 a.m. Highway 1 will be closed between McKenzie Avenue/Admirals Road and the Helmcken interchange.

March 15, 2017 update

  • The west bound slow lane (or curb lane) on Highway 1 will be closed from 8:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. on March 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2017 to allow crews to safely work alongside a section of the highway west of McKenzie Avenue.
  • Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are reminded to obey traffic-control personnel and construction signs, and to watch out for workers.

February 28, 2017 update

  • There are currently no highway lane closures for construction, or construction-related traffic delays, as the first phase of the drilling and blasting work has been completed.  It is expected to resume in the coming weeks and be finished by the end of April.
  • Crews continue to place preload materials to compress soft soils.
  • Work on the retaining walls has begun – foundations are being excavated.
  • Widening and realigning the Galloping Goose Trail is ongoing.
  • Upcoming activities will involve the waterline relocation, building the new bridge over McKenzie Avenue for the Galloping Goose Trail, and constructing the temporary pedestrian bridge over the highway.

January 27, 2017 update

There will be no blasting activity, and therefore no highway lane closures, from January, 27, 2017 until further notice.

January 2017 update

On Monday January 23, 2017, drilling and blasting work adjacent to the current highway alignment will resume until approximately  April 2017.

  • Drilling activities are permitted between 3:00pm & 9:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am & 9:00pm Saturdays.
  • Blasting is permitted between 8:00pm & 10:00pm Monday to Saturday. Preparatory work for blasting will be completed throughout the day with possible multiple blasts during the permitted evening time window.
  • No blasting permitted on Sundays or Statutory Holidays

For safety, please obey traffic control personnel.

Warning signs will be as follows:

• Twelve (12) short whistles, followed by a brief pause;
• Blast(s) will be detonated;
• A long whistle indicates all is clear.

New construction photos are posted in the Photo Gallery.

December 2016 update

From December 19, 2016 to January 3, 2017 there will be no highway lane closures and no blasting activity; environmental and safety monitoring will still be ongoing.

November 2016 update

Notice of drilling and blasting – work will occur adjacent to the current highway alignment from approximately November 10th – April 2017.
• Drilling activities are permitted between 3:00pm & 9:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am & 9:00pm Saturdays.
• Blasting is permitted between 8:00pm & 10:00pm Monday to Saturday. Preparatory work for blasting will be completed throughout the day with possible multiple blasts during the permitted evening time window.
• No blasting permitted on Sundays or Statutory Holidays

For safety, please obey traffic control personnel.

Warning signs will be as follows:
• Twelve (12) short whistles, followed by a brief pause;
• Blast(s) will be detonated;
• A long whistle indicates all is clear.

Traffic Advisory issued November 17, 2016

September 2016 update

Crews will be focused on clearing and preparing the site, relocating a regional waterline, installing a temporary pedestrian overpass over the TransCanada Highway and removing the old one, and placing preload materials to compress soft soils. The Galloping Goose trail will also be realigned and widened.