Colwood Crawl faces more truck traffic

Craigflower Bridge replacement cut off the most obvious route to the Trans-Canada Highway

Already busy View Royal roads could get even busier, with the added traffic of trucks hauling sediments from the Esquimalt Graving Dock remediation project.

The agencies behind the project, including the federal ministry of public works and government services, are asking the Town of View Royal for its blessing to use the Island Highway as a route to truck dredged material from the dock to Highwest Landfill in Highlands.

The Craigflower Bridge replacement cut off the most obvious route to the Trans-Canada Highway. Materials were scheduled to start being trucked June 17.

Council members had concerns over wear and tear to the road, which was not designed for large-scale use by heavy trucks.

The expectation is for eight to 10 trucks to make the trip per hour.

“We’re talking 20,000 truck loads during this project, on a road that was never meant to be a truck route,” said John Rosenberg, director of engineering.

Rosenberg said he hopes for a road condition survey and possible mitigation if roads are affected.

The town may not have the authority to stop the trucking, but councillors did talk about enforcing a bylaw recently ignored for the Craigflower Bridge project, which disallows using the road as a truck route. There was also talk of imposing a legal axel-load limit to restrict load sizes.

Benefits include work being done on reserve lands as a part of the project.

“It would have been so much better had we been doing this at a time when we had a Craigflower bridge,” said Mayor Graham Hill. “It’s a huge, huge impact.”

“I’m not sure what the answer is but I don’t see how we can be amenable to something like that,” said Coun. David Screech. “That is going to have such a huge impact on our residents and commuter traffic. It’s just going to be a gong show.”

Council asked staff to meet with the ministry and proponents to discuss the impact to View Royal with more specific details, and come back to council with the results.

 

The trucks are not expected to release any contaminants en route, but Screech asked for assurances this is accurate.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tenessa Nikirk found guilty in Saanich crash involving Leila Bui

Nikirk was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Greater Victoria man killed in Alberta accident was expectant father

Geordie Murray described as ‘wonderful husband, brother son and friend’

John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce on display at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum

The classic car has been a favourite for Beatles fans from Victoria and internationally

Canada Post aware of ongoing email, text phishing scams

Scammers pretending to be Canada Post will ask for personal and payment information

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

Furstenau flays NDP as she launches B.C. Green Party leadership bid

LNG, Site C dam wrong for environment, Cowichan MLA says

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Most Read