Malahat construction aims to avoid long weekend delays

The Ministry of Transportation has pledged it will do what it can to keep holiday season traffic flowing over the Malahat.

Rock drilling and blasting to widen the Malahat Drive between Shawnigan Lake Road north to the Malahat summit is expected to continue throughout the summer as a part of a $15-million safety improvement project.

According to a ministry media release, crews will not be stopping  traffic on Friday afternoons, weekends and the days before or after long  weekends.

But for most weeks, expect delays of up to 20 minutes from Monday to Friday, outside of peak travel times.

The Malahat summit rest area will also be closed throughout construction, and  construction zone speed limit of 60 km/h will be in place.

"Motorists are reminded to obey flaggers and speed limits and watch for workers and updates on the highway message boards," the release reads. "The ministry thanks the public in advance for their patience as these safety measures are put in place."

Motorists are also advised to check for weekly updates and follow @tranbc on Twitter for more detailed information about work on the Malahat this summer.

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