|Question & Answer at the Sayward/Pat Bay Forum|
RE: safety improvements for the Pat Bay/Sayward Road intersection.
I’m writing to report-out on the community meeting held last evening.
The event had great energy and a super turn-out! Over 125 residents attended, filling the room to capacity. There was also excellent participation from the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs, BC Transit staff, Saanich Council and Engineering, and five representatives from the Ministry of Transportation (MOT).
MOT staff included Kirsten Pedersen who is both the Vancouver Island District Manager and the Executive Director of Strategic Priorities, as well as Dave Edgar, a Senior Transportation Planning Engineer.
|Norma and Helen; look at those beautiful smiles!|
And indeed there was! I tested the room on each of the proposed changes and there was an overwhelming positive response.
These changes were built out of the initial community meeting that I organized in 2010 and were developed through a working group of with community representatives, business owners, MOT, BC Transit, Saanich Councillors and myself.
It was a real treat for me to spearhead this process. I especially want to thank the many residents of Cordova Bay who volunteered their time and contributed many good ideas.
And what will happen now?
|The smart and hard-working Community |
Rep from Cordova Bay, Graham Shorthill
I will keep on top of this file and I look forward to working with you on additional improvements to our local transportation system.
If you have any additional thoughts on this intersection please don’t hesitate to contact me.
PS. You can see pictures of the meeting and conceptual images of the proposed changes here.
The proposed safety improvements are:
- An acceleration lane, northbound from Sayward Road. People leaving Cordova Bay will finally be able to merge safety onto the highway.
- A deceleration lane for northbound highway traffic heading into Cordova Bay. People will finally be able to safely leave the highway without slowing down the highway traffic.
- “Congestion ahead” flashing lights south of the intersection to warn drivers when the road is congested.
- Relocation of the bus stop for the northbound bus to the south side of the intersection. This will help Cordova Bay traffic heading northbound merge more safely.