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Lake Cowichan road project needs width question answered
The Town of Lake Cowichan expects to hear in a few days whether the $3 million South Shore Road project is wide enough to include planned medians.
Road crews are awaiting word from engineers if they can proceed with plans to place a median in the centre of the road near Saywell Park.
“The concern is that it’s a little tight on the road with people on the side of the road in front of the businesses, so with the median it can get pretty narrow there,” said Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest.
“We know it’s wide enough, but depending on how people are getting out of their cars, there are just some safety concerns. We wanted to double check, and make sure everything was right before they proceeded any further.”
Pending good news on that front, only minor setbacks, and cosmetics keep the freshly paved road and new roundabout from its mid-August completion date, said Forrest.
“The paving is pretty well finished, I don’t think the ministry has a whole lot left to do,” he said.
“They’ve still got the little divider islands at the roundabout, which shouldn’t take very long, so I would think they are right on schedule or really close to it.”
The weather has been co-operative, helping the project stay on time.
The roadwork began in June and cost the town of Lake Cowichan $1.5 million, and the Ministry of Transportation the same amount. The project — done by Duncan Paving — took place from Youbou Road to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.
“I don’t know if the ministry is within their budget,” said Forrest. “ I know it’s not costing the town any more, so I assume that it’s on budget—we haven’t heard anything to say otherwise.”
Once the roadwork is complete, work will continue on the project’s more aesthetic aspects. There are still barriers to be installed, street lamps to go up, and crosswalks to be put in place—one of which is an enhanced crosswalk with LED lights, says Forrest.