Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Safety improvements to Sayward & Pat Bay complete!

February 2012 Public Meeting
Dear Saanich South,

It was a privilege to spearhead the process that led to these improvements. Smart and realistic input from the public - especially the Cordova Bay community - and good work by many people in the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) led to this. Thanks to all involved!
The changes made were agreed to by the community and MOT after broad discussion, two well-attended community meetings ...and lots of hard work by the MOT.

  1. An acceleration lane, northbound from Sayward Road. People leaving Cordova Bay can finally merge safety onto the highway.
  2. A deceleration lane for northbound highway traffic heading into Cordova Bay. People can safely leave the highway without slowing down the highway traffic.
  3. “Congestion Ahead” flashing lights south of the intersection to warn drivers when the road is congested.
  4. 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.
An overpass was never an option. MOT says there is nowhere near the traffic to justify the cost and there was broad opposition to this idea in the Cordova Bay community. The safety improvements are consistent with long-term planning for the Pat Bay corridor.

We will now monitor these changes to see if they result in decreased accidents and increased efficiency.

I look forward to beginning work on the next Saanich South transit initiative!


Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South

Summary of past work/notices on this project:

Oct 17, 2013
Dear Saanich South, I was doorknocking today in the area and I stopped to check out the progress of safety improvements at Sayward and Pat Bay. Things are looking good! Should be done in a couple of weeks at most!

Aug 01, 2012

According to ICBC statistics, the intersection at Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road is the most dangerous highway crossing on Vancouver Island. The government has been studying and planning to address this serious ...

Mar 12, 2012
Shaw TV coverage of Pat Bay/Sayward intersection improvements. Thanks Shaw TV! Good coverage from the Daily about proposed safety improvements for the intersection at Sayward Road and the Pat Bay Highway.

Mar 01, 2012
Dear Saanich South, 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 ...

Feb 27, 2012
The intersection at Sayward Road on the Pay Bay Highway is one of the most dangerous on Vancouver Island. On average, there are 60 accidents every year. Hundreds of people have raised this issue with me. People have ...

Feb 06, 2012
Dear Saanich South, You are invited to a community meeting about safety improvements for the intersection at Pat Bay Highway & Sayward Rd. Wed. Feb. 29, 2012. Cordova Bay Community Place, 5238 Cordova Bay Road.

Jun 18, 2010
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must engage in meaningful community consultation before plans are drawn up for changes to the Patricia Bay Highway and Sayward Road - as well as at 'open houses' after ...

Jun 03, 2010
Dear Saanich South, Are you concerned about the intersection at Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road? Did you know that for over two decades it's been one of the most dangerous intersections in all of British Columbia?

Apr 28, 2010
Highway Safety: Sayward Road and the Pat Bay Highway. Please take a moment to fill out this survey - thank you! If you do not see it below, you can access it by clicking here.