The District of Saanich is planning to upgrade McKenzie Avenue from Shelbourne Street to Finnerty Road and Sinclair Road from Finnerty Road to Cadboro Bay Road in the coming years. These upgrades are intended to create a new sustainable multi-user corridor which improves overall safety and opperating efficiency for all modes of transportation and also enhances aesthetics.
This work will be undertaken in four phases:
- McKenzie Avenue Upgrade. In the coming years The District of Saanich is planning to upgrade McKenzie Ave. from Shelbourne Street to Finnerty Road, and Sinclair Road from Finnerty Road to Cadboro Bay Rd – with a view “to create a new sustainable multi-user corridor which improves overall safety and opperating efficiency for all modes of transportation and also enhances aesthetics.” This work will be undertaken in four phases:
- Phase 1 – around now – the section from approximately 180m west of Gordon Head Road to the UVic entrance at McGill Rd: addition of buffered bike lanes in both directions, sidewalk upgrades, bus stop improvements, enhanced intersection geometry to provide better access to the University and overall user safety.
- Phase 2: From McGill Road to 100m past Finnerty Road. This phase will include the addition of buffered bike lanes, landscaped medians, multi-use path upgrades, improved intersection geometry, a roundabout at the Intersection of Finnerty Road, an access point to the CARSA facility, and a bio-retention rain garden to provide storm water management and treatment to road runoff.
- Phase 3: Later in 2013 – from Shelbourne Street to 180m West of Gordon Head Road. The project will include the extension of the buffered bike lanes, landscaped median island, improved sidewalks, and the removal of a west-bound vehicle lane.
- Phase 4 (now in concept drawings stage): from 100m east of Finnerty Road to Cadboro Bay Road (i.e.. Sinclair Rd). The upgrade will include the extension of bike facilities, sidewalks, and improved driveway access. Once the concepts are refined for this phase, Saanich Engineering will consult with the public and community again. We anticipate this consultation in late 2013 or early 2014 with construction being undertaken in 2014 or 2015.
For more information – including drawings – see Saanich’s web page on the issue.