Starting Tuesday until the May Long Weekend the Malahat will be reduced to one lane in both directions and will be in effect 24/7 even during peak traffic.


The Ministry of Transportation announced that with the change of the seasons, there will also be changed coming traffic patterns on the Malahat.


Now that the summer peak travel period is over and traffic volumes are lower, the Ministry of Transportation said it will be reducing the highway to one lane in each direction on the Malahat between Aspen Road and Shawnigan Lake Road.

Starting after the Thanksgiving long weekend, the lane closures will remain in place 24/7 until the May long weekend in 2018.


In a statement from the Ministry of Transportation

“This is in order to ensure blasting activities can be completed safely and to provide clear and consistent lanes for drivers through the project during the winter months when visibility is often reduced by weather conditions”


Intermittent traffic stoppages are also required for blasting but will occur outside peak periods (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. southbound and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. northbound).

So if you take the Malahat often during peak hours, be prepared and have a full tank of gas and stock up on some patience too. The Ministry warns that motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes during construction.


The ministry asks motorists to please watch out for workers, obey the construction speed zone of 60 km/h at all times, and use both lanes up to the merge point and then alternate when merging (like a zipper) for best efficiency.


For more updates, check the DriveBC website

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