Awkward Cadboro Bay intersection gets realigned

Sidewalk extension, traffic calming aims to aid in pedestrian safety

Traffic calming is coming to Cadboro Bay Road at Thompson Avenue.

The facelift started last week for the intersection where an Oak Bay senior was struck in a crosswalk in November 2012 and again in January 2014.

The district plans to “tighten up the intersection,” says Dave Marshall, director of engineering for Oak Bay.

“Traffic calming of course is a means of physically slowing traffic, reducing the tendency for vehicles to flip around the corner at excessively fast speeds,” Marshall said.

“We’re going to be reconfiguring that crosswalk and extending the traffic bulge.”

Oak Bay hired Northridge Excavating Ltd. for the curb extension at the south-east quadrant, the realigning of the existing crosswalk, addition of a bike lane on Cadboro Bay Road and a reduced sidewalk extension on Thompson Avenue.

Council discussed traffic calming for the Cadboro Bay Road and Thompson Avenue intersection this summer and approved an option that included all those elements, with a lengthier extension of the sidewalk on Thompson Avenue.

They allocated $47,000 in the 2015 budget for that work. Since then, ICBC confirmed a contribution of $6,100 towards the project.

“By working with ICBC on theses projects we’re assured they have their input on the design aspect and they can contribute,” Marshall said. “It’s valuable input into our process.”

When put out to tender in September, bids were significantly over budget, so municipal staff met with the lowest bidder, Northridge, and arranged for a re-submission based on the removal of approximately 70 metres of the originally proposed sidewalk extension.

The revised bid came in just over $49,000 and falls under budget with a GST rebate.

“We’re not losing anything because the main traffic calming component is in effect,” Marshall said.

“We’re going to follow through and put the extended sidewalk in next year. Any work beyond this, there will be an evaluation period and we’ll see how it performs. If a larger scope project is warranted that could come online in the future.”


Just Posted

40 BC authors collaborate on new book celebrating the islands of the Salish Sea

Ivan Watson Special to the News Marion Cumming’s hilltop property near McNeil… Continue reading

Showers ahead in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

Saanich councillor slams McKenzie Interchange Project

Coun. Judy Brownoff said the project will only create more greenhouses gases and traffic

Fairfield plan ‘counterintuitive’ to affordability aims, says working group member

Plan for Victoria neighbourhood heads to public hearing Sept. 12

Saanich approves new eight- and 11-storey residence buildings for UVic

Residents also supported the environmentally friendly residences

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

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

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

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Pregnant teachers fight to change WorkSafeBC compensation rules

Agency does not recognize risk to unborn babies when mother catches illness from work

Families want Island Health to take over seniors home

Letter campaign points out longstanding issues at the Comox Valley residence

Most Read