Colwood to install gates on Ocean Boulevard near Esquimalt Lagoon

City needs ability to close lagoon roadway during strong winter storms

Park Gates are being installed on each end of the lagoon on Ocean Boulevard in Colwood to help public works crews and emergency responders quickly and safely close the area to traffic during winter storms or in the event of an emergency.

The City of Colwood website says strong winter storms and high tides have the ability to send waves, logs and debris onto Ocean Boulevard, creating a need for the road to be closed temporarily to “maintain safety and allow for clean-up and repairs.”

READ ALSO: Residents call on Colwood to take action against speedsters near Esquimalt Lagoon

December’s windstorm, which knocked out power to over 60,000 customers in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and on Vancouver Island, also knocked several trees onto roads and sent waves crashing into beaches, docks and roadways along the water.

There was one report of an Ocean Boulevard road closure as a tree fell over onto the road near the Fort Rodd Hill turnoff.

When incidents like this occurred in the past, crews had to transport barricades from the public works yard and set them in place. The city website says “irresponsible drivers have been known to ignore the barricades and travel around them, creating a dangerous situation for themselves and others.”

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Dramatic footage of Langford tree on hydro lines, sparking and smoking

The gates will also allow the City of Colwood to use the area as a planned pedestrian park space for events like the Eats & Beats at the Beach festival in July.

Site preparation work has begun for the gates which will be installed this spring.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Community helps fund dreams through Moms and Mentors

West Shore society helps women face the challenges of motherhood

Mainly cloudy skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Province rejects criticism from Saanich councillor over McKenzie Interchange

Transportation ministry says project will ‘significantly lower’ greenhouse gas emissions

Traditional salmon designs brighten Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Children from ȽÁU,WEL,ṈEW̱ tribal school built salmon hats for festival on Sidney waterfront

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Most Read