Brand new Sooke Rd. bus pullouts being ripped up
Six brand new bus pullouts built along Sooke Rd/Highway 14 are being ripped out and re-done because they are not the right size for transit users with mobility issues.
The pullouts and concrete shelter pads are part of the provincial government's $10-million upgrade for Sooke and West Coast roads.
The Ministry of Transportation has confirmed for CFAX News that an inspection discovered the flaw. The work will add $90-thousand to the project's cost, and will take another 2 to 3 weeks to complete. Once that's done the electrical work can start, with the bus pullouts completed finished in mid-May.
The Ministry is consulting with the contractor and design consultant to pinpoint what caused the snafu, and address the increased cost.
Despite the set back, the ministry says the road has been widened at 3 locations, and the overall project is on track.
The improvements will also see a single-lane bridge on Gillespie Rd replaced with a two-lane structure, a bus-queue jump lane, new safety signage, a slow moving vehicle pull out, and a rest stop.