South Cowichan road improvements start this week

Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Bay roads are getting $700,000 in resurfacing improvements starting this week.

Drivers on these two routes should expect delays with single-lane alternating traffic in effect Monday to Friday while work is underway.

The project, which is being carried out by Duncan Paving, includes resurfacing a 1.2-kilometre section of Shawnigan Lake Road between the south Shawnigan Lake Road entrance and the railroad crossing south of Mill Bay.

Cowichan Bay Road, meanwhile, will see resurfacing on a 1.3-kilometre section between the Trans-Canada Highway and Tzhouhalem Road south of Duncan.

Construction is expected to finish at the end of June, and should improve motorist safety and road conditions.

"Moving people safely is our number-one priority," Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom said in a media release. "Shawnigan Lake Road and Cowichan Bay Road are important routes for residents, visitors, recreational users and industry. This project will ensure the roads remain safe for all motorists."

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