The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Langford Mayor Stew Young are happy with the progress of the West Shore Parkway extension, which will connect the Trans-Canada Highway with Highway 14. (Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff)

Federal minister views West Shore Parkway progress in Langford

Project linking two highways nearing completion

Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi got a good close look at how the money invested in the Westshore Parkway project is being spent. Sohi joined Langford Mayor Stew Young and members of council at the site of the new 3.5 kilometre stretch of the parkway, which will connect the Trans-Canada Highway with Highway 14, commonly referred to as Sooke Road.

Although he has visited family in Nanaimo in the past, this marked Sohi’s first official visit to the region and his first look at Langford. “Our government sees local decision-making as key regarding investment decisions,” he said. “Mayors and councils are more connected to the needs of their communities.”

Sohi said he was also looking forward to working with his provincial counterparts to create investment and employment opportunities.

“Projects like this not only create jobs, but also other opportunities,” he noted. “Infrastructure is a catalyst for growth and economic opportunities. That’s exactly what this parkway connecting two highways is about.”

B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said in a statement that the project will benefit all travellers, and in particular those who live or work in Sooke and the West Shore by increasing capacity and providing another connection between the communities. She noted that projects of this nature are made possible through collaboration with partners, and is looking forward to its completion.

Young said he was impressed with the fact that the federal minister came to Langford from Ottawa to see the parkway project firsthand, and how infrastructure funds are being invested. “It’s exciting for the people in our community because this project is creating jobs and will spur investment and improve the lifestyle for our residents,” Young said. “We really appreciate the investment the federal government has made in our community.”

The total cost of the complete Westshore Parkway project, which will include bike lanes, sidewalks and transit stops, is $22,352,570. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of this year.

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Susan Simmons begins a 24-hour swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

The MS Athlete and ultra-marathon swimmer wants to be the first person to make the journey

New Victoria mayoral candidate, three more council candidates step forward

Four people from jump into the race for the Oct. 2018 municipal election

PHOTOS: Tour de Victoria takes off

1,800 cyclists took off in the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria for a city-wide loop

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Oak Bay brothers scoop 10 kg of poop from park paths in 30 mins

Family picks up dog poo to give back, inspire others to be more responsible

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read