Temporary safety upgrades coming to the Malahat this week

A stretch of Highway 1 that has been notorious for collisions is getting some much needed safety upgrades.

The Ministry of Transportation announced that 1.25 kilometres of temporary centre median "picket" delineators will be installed between Leigh road and the West Shore Parkway.

Minister Claire Trevena says they are working towards permanent solutions, but these measures will help reduce incidents along the stretch of highway in the meantime.

"We anticipate that these delineators will make the road that much safer.  There will be a visual sign there, for people driving there.  We're also going to be beefing up the temporary measures, putting in speed notice board and other things in the coming days and weeks"

She goes on to say that permanent safety measures are still being considered for the highway, but those improvements will have a significant cost.

"We're looking at 4-laning that section of highway, of putting in concrete barriers and making sure that is as safe as we can make a highway.  Obviously we can never guarantee 100% safety, but we are going to make it as safe as we can."

The Ministry is expecting to release more details on the permanent improvements in the upcoming spring.

In the meantime, crews will be installing the temporary safety measures this week.  The work is expected to take three days, with crews working between 8 pm and 6 am.

Drivers are asked to be cautious, obey traffic and speed signs, and watch out for road crews during their commute.

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