Political dignitaries from several levels of government gathered Thursday, shiny shovels in hand, for the official groundbreaking on the completion of a connection between Bear Mountain Parkway and Leigh Road in Langford.
The project, which began in October, involves 3.3 kilometres of road that begins at the roundabout intersection of Bear Mountain Parkway and Country Club Way and will end at Leigh Road at the intersection with McCallum Road.
B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone joined Langford Mayor Stew Young and members of Langford council for the event. The province provided significant funding for the Leigh Road interchange and off ramp.
Langford Coun. Lillian Szpak said beforehand that the project is another important part of Langford’s overall traffic and transportation plan.
“It will definitely alleviate some of the congestion on Millstream Road,” she said. “Council is very pleased that the work is moving ahead.”
The construction is expected to take about one year and is being completed by Windley Contracting, with the majority of costs paid for by local developers.
Langford previously reached an agreement with Bear Mountain owner/developer Ecoasis to borrow up to $5 million to construct the parkway and the associated improvements.
The road is not open to traffic during construction.