Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:30 a.m.
Permanent repairs to the Malahat Tunnel Hill section of Highway 1 will begin soon, improving safety and reliability for the more than 35,000 travelers and commuters along the corridor daily.
“This first contract award for permanent repairs following last fall’s disastrous flooding marks an important milestone as the province continues to build back better,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The Malahat is an essential connection for residents, businesses, emergency services and the transport of goods between the center of the island and the capital region. This project ensures driver safety and increases resilience during future extreme weather events.
The $14.9 million contract for the project has been finalized and awarded to Nanaimo-based Windley Contracting Ltd.. Work is due to start this summer and includes restoring approximately 50 meters of the northbound lane north of Finlayson Arm Road and repairing damage to the existing drainage system. and slope stability. An 80 meter retaining wall will also be replaced to secure the slope against future extreme rain events.
Every effort will be made to complete work at night whenever possible to maintain two-way traffic during daytime travel hours. Advance notice of any traffic disruptions, including possible periods of single-lane alternating traffic and brief, intermittent full closures, will be provided. Drivers are reminded to drive according to conditions, exercise caution and expect delays. Up-to-date traffic advisories will be posted on www.driveBC.ca
Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.
Information on Highway 1 Malahat-Tunnel Hill Repair Project: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/bc-highway-flood-recovery/2021-flood-road- recovery-projects-highway-1-malahat
Information on all 2021 flood recovery projects: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/bc-highway-flood-recovery