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Study of Pat Bay Highway commissioned

Jan 22 2012

B.C.'s Transportation Ministry is taking a new look at the future of the Pat Bay Highway.

The ministry has hired consulting company Urban Systems Ltd. to update the government's 2007 plan for the highway and set out a long-term strategy for the corridor stretching from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal to the McKenzie Avenue interchange, the government said.

The strategy will include incorporating transit enhancements such as priority measures, support for rapid bus service and park-and-ride areas, the ministry said in a statement Friday.

The consultants will also explore the possibility of a highway connection for planned growth and development at the Tsawout First Nation, the ministry said.

The government has already been working with Sidney and Victoria International Airport on long-term strategies for the Beacon Avenue-highway intersection, as well as consulting with Saanich and the community about short-term safety improvements for Sayward Road, the ministry said.

The study will cost $200,000 and is expected to be completed by December.

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