The Ministry of Transportation plans to improve the northbound lanes of the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road to decrease the number of crashes.

The Ministry of Transportation plans to improve the northbound lanes of the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road to decrease the number of crashes.

Troublesome highway intersection north of Victoria to receive upgrades

The province issued an invitation to tender this week for the road upgrades planned for the Pat Bay Highway at Sayward Road.

The province issued an invitation to tender this week for the road upgrades planned for the Pat Bay Highway at Sayward Road.

The bid opportunity work includes “building a northbound acceleration lane, a northbound deceleration lane, a westbound left turn lane and a relocated transit bus stop northbound with a queue jump lane.”

The tender closes April 30, and work is expected to get underway in May.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates the project will be complete by the end of September.

Last August the first step in the $3-million upgrade was taken – the Ministry of Transporation installed a flashing congestion ahead sign on the highway south of Cordova Bay Road.

Pat Bay and Sayward is considered one of the most dangerous intersections in the province, having seen more than 338 crashes since 2007.

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