For Immediate Release
VICTORIA, BC — Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are advised that Harbour Road has been reopened to vehicle traffic, marking the completion of the Esquimalt and Harbour Road intersection.
Harbour Road was closed to vehicles for the past several months as construction was mainly taking place on the west side of the bridge. Cyclist and pedestrian access remained open during that time, but with construction activities moving towards the downtown side of the bridge, Harbour Road has been reopened. Harbour Road was needed as a staging and storage area for construction materials and served as the main access road for the 120 concrete trucks needed for the February 13th bascule pier concrete pour.
During that time, Harbour Road was the staging area for construction activities that included:
- The newly repaved E&N trail and sidewalks that now allow pedestrians to avoid walking along Esquimalt Road in the bike lane, helping improve both cyclists and pedestrian safety
- The addition of new traffic lights at the four-way intersection, new crosswalks and accessible sidewalks
- Creating an extension of Harbour Road that has improved vehicle access for hotel guests and will eventually serve as entry to the future waterfront green space
- Construction of the new roadway that will eventually connect with the new bridge
The area remains a construction zone and drivers should watch for construction signs and posted speed limits. Cyclist and pedestrian access will continue to be maintained throughout the area. Drivers can expect minor delays as the timing of traffic signals are adjusted to reflect new traffic patterns.
Once complete, more than 50 per cent of the new bridge will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway in addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles. Three new plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.