According to the BC government, it’s getting easier to drive to the west coast of Vancouver Island.
After more than three years of construction on the Kennedy Hill section of Highway 4, connecting many First Nations and coastal communities of Tofino and Ucluelet to the rest of the island, two-way traffic is expected to resume in early January. will be
Highway 4 is Vancouver Island’s only east-west corridor serving the region.
In a news release on Tuesday, the state said the project is more than 90 percent complete and, weather permitting, both lanes will open early in the new year.
Since the project began, rock blasting and construction have forced regular day and night closures.
“This is a major milestone in the project to upgrade the 1.5-kilometer Kennedy Hill section into a safer and more reliable roadway for residents, tourists and truckers,” the release said.
“The road is straighter and flatter, with better visibility, wider lanes and shoulders, and a new roadside barrier between the highway and Lake Kennedy.”
If both lanes are open, the impact on traffic will be reduced to nighttime closures and minor disruptions during the day, and the entire project is expected to be completed by spring, according to the Department of Transportation.
The project is valued at approximately $54 million.
For up-to-date information on statewide highway conditions and road closures, please visit: DriveBC.ca.