Malahat safety upgrades near new Skywalk
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:30 AM
More improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway near Bamberton will increase safety for people travelling the corridor, as well as those visiting the new Malahat Skywalk attraction.
The Malahat Skywalk development is opening later this month at 901 Trans-Canada Highway, and is expected to be a major tourist attraction. The Skywalk owners estimate the attraction will likely draw more than 200,000 people per year wanting to take in scenic views of the Saanich Inlet and Saanich Peninsula.
With the opening of the new attraction, the already heavily travelled highway is expected to see a significant increase in traffic. Increases in traffic volume, both expected and attraction-specific, have resulted in the need to reassess safety along this corridor.
As an immediate interim safety improvement, median barrier pickets (like those seen at Goldstream) have been installed to restrict left turns in and out of the existing U-turn facility and access to the Skywalk.
Given the increasing traffic volumes, for the safety of all highway users, the ministry determined it was safest to have people drive approximately five kilometres north to the Bamberton interchange to use the existing U-turn route to return south. Southbound travellers wanting to access the Skywalk will be able to follow signs to the existing U-turn facility at the Malahat Chalet.
Drivers are reminded to check DriveBC.ca for the most up-to-date information before travel, and to obey construction zone speed limits and the direction of traffic control personnel.
For the most up-to-date highway travel information, check: www.DriveBC.ca
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Learn more about the Malahat Skywalk here: https://malahatskywalk.com/
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