With a realignment done last week as part of the McKenzie interchange project, the overall intersection is now roughly 60 metres larger and requires more time for vehicles to clear the intersection. (Map courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

McKenzie interchange traffic signals adjusted again Thursday

Green light time increased by 15 seconds for southbound traffic

The crawl on the Trans-Canada Highway has seen significant delays this week but the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is hopeful another fix to the timing of traffic signals done Thursday will help alleviate some of the congestion.

Last week crews reached an important milestone in the McKenzie interchange project.

That milestone was shifting southbound traffic to temporary on-and-off ramps, so crews will now be able to lower the Trans-Canada Highway by eight metres.

“This work is a crucial step towards building the eventual interchange that is scheduled to open up to traffic by summer 2019 and cut peak commute times by 20 minutes,” said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in a statement Thursday.

READ MORE: Don’t be spooked, McKenzie interchange shifts again

“As a result of this realignment, the overall size of the intersection is roughly 60 metres larger, requiring more time for vehicles to clear the intersection travelling from Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue … In order to accommodate the larger intersection, green and red light times were altered to allow for more time for vehicles travelling through the intersection.”

READ MORE: Malfunctioning traffic signals to blame for significant traffic backup at McKenzie interchange

Since implementing the changes, ministry staff have been on site monitoring traffic flow and making adjustments. Thursday morning, traffic engineers and staff increased the overall green time by 15 seconds for southbound traffic travelling through the intersection.

“The ministry is well aware of the traffic issues shared by drivers commuting into Greater Victoria and are urgently working to improve traffic flow. We understand that many drivers still experienced a longer commute, but staff reported that overall congestion on Highway 1 cleared roughly 30 minutes earlier than the previous two days.”

The ministry thanked drivers for their patience and noted it will be continuing to monitor the corridor.

But drivers are fed up and took to social media this week to express their frustration.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

katie.e@blackpress.ca

Just Posted

Trans Canada highway closed for car fire near Malahat Summit

Drive BC says the road will be closed until approximately 3pm

Police still investigating possible child abduction in Langford

Suspect was a stranger and not a family member

Car veers off Pat Bay Highway, into pedestrian path near Sidney

Lone driver of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries after crashing into fence around construction site

New UVic buildings expand student housing by 25 per cent

Over 600 new beds mean off-campus housing freed up for affordable housing for Victoria residents

Saanich, Langford receive fewer affordable housing units than Victoria, Esquimalt

Coun. Nathalie Chambers calls Saanich’s share of new units “very unfair” considering its size

First ticket sold for Victoria’s second comic con

Guest list is top-secret for the March 22-24 Capital City Comic Con coming 2019

Ten-year sentence for man convicted of B.C. belt-strangling death

Shayne McGenn guilty of manslaughter in 2016 death of David Delaney, 63

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

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

POLL: Have BC Ferry waits ever forced you to cancel your travel plans?

Many BC Ferry passengers heading out from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on… Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Teddy’s Trial’ adjourned until Dec. 4 to give Joe time to get new lawyer

Lawyer leaving for personal reasons led to postponement of pre-trial conference in Duncan

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Lack of funding, culture on campus biggest barriers for Indigenous students: report

Report based on nearly 300 responses found lack of support at post-secondary schools a big concern

Tinder sex assault suspect charged; additional alleged victims sought

Vincent Noseworthy of Alberta is accused of aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and more

Most Read