Keating Interchange Overpass (Concept 2) instead of the Flyover (Concept 1)

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Keating Interchange Overpass (Concept 2) instead of the Flyover (Concept 1)

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Meghan Pullinger started this petition to British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and

The Keating Cross/Highway 16 interchange is at the precipice of change. Community feedback is sought regarding the 'flyover' option; however, this region needs more than a flyover. According to the Highway 17 Planning Study, a flyover was presented as Concept 1, and a full interchange with multidirectional access to Highway 17 and Keating Cross road was presented as Concept 2. The Central Saanich Planning Taskforce had identified Concept 2 as their primary choice; however, only Concept 1 is presented to the community for feedback. Right now, we have an opportunity to inform the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the District of Central Saanich that the flyover is not enough.

Why would an interchange be better? 
An interchange would remove the heavy vehicle traffic travelling along Central Saanich Road in front of the Keating Elementary school to Highway 17. The traffic has created major safety concerns for the elementary school community. Millions are spent improving safety around this school; however, without diverting the heavy vehicle traffic away from the area, safety is still outside of the community's reach.  

The interchange would support the Keating Business District, a key district for manufacturing in the region, and facilitates growth the area is destined to have. Businesses can enjoy improved efficiency through better highway access. Navigating the complex corner from Saanich Crossing Rd. to Island View will also be less problematic for the large 18-wheeler trucks.

Further, over one million people attend Butchart Gardens, one of the Island's biggest tourist attractions, and an interchange provides a direct route to attendees from the City of Victoria, the airport, and the major ferry terminals. 

Will this double the cost?
According to the Highway 17 Planning Study, an interchange would only cost $3.4 million more than the flyover. Even if that number was doubled for inflation, it is a minimal cost increase when considering the scope of the project. Further, compared to the future costs of Central Saanich Rd. upkeep, that investment would be made back in the next few years. As plans for the interchange (Concept 2) are part of the initial study, moving from a flyover (Concept 1) to a full interchange is not an unreasonable request from the community to promote improved safety and growth in the region.  

Highway 17 Planning Study:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/driving-and-transportation/reports-and-reference/reports-and-studies/vancouver-island-south-coast/highway_17_planning_study.pdf

Keating Flyover Discussion Board:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/0fc8cf9c819d4acebf87079e60b8f09b

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