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#3141 Bingo

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:32 AM

Only half a kilometre shorter.

 

With the extension, motorists travelling to communities such as Sooke, Metchosin and the Westhills area of Langford will cut half a kilometre from their trips by not having to use the Trans Canada Highway and Westshore Parkway intersection to access Westshore Parkway at Westhills. 

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#3142 DustMagnet

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:51 AM

Only half a kilometre shorter.

Isn't the key, "...not having to use the Trans Canada Highway and Westshore Parkway intersection..."?

 

That's potentially more traffic removed from the highway, which should improve things for people that have to be on the highway.

 

That's my take on it anyway.



#3143 PraiseKek

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:08 PM

It'd be good for Sooke commuters because they could take the leigh road interchange and then take the westshore parkway to highway 14. 



#3144 Bingo

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:20 PM

All for a stupid rail line that will never be used again. This has to be THE dumbest region on the planet when it comes to this stuff.

 

Dumb is putting it mildly. We keep spending more money on interchanges, intersections and parkways when we could have been running something on that rail line between Langford and Victoria a long time ago to get people out of their cars.



#3145 PraiseKek

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:25 PM

You do know how many people use that corridor right? You'd need quite a large train to even make a tiny impact.


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#3146 Mike K.

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 04:06 PM

It'd be good for Sooke commuters because they could take the leigh road interchange and then take the westshore parkway to highway 14. 

 

Yes, exactly. Currently with the situation as it is, the TCH gets backed up heavily during peak periods to the point where vehicles are queued up past the old Shell station on McCallum due to the single-lane northbound and the traffic light at Westshore Parkway. So Sooke-bound traffic is tied up unnecessarily in that backlog.


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#3147 Bingo

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 04:29 PM

Yes, exactly. Currently with the situation as it is, the TCH gets backed up heavily during peak periods to the point where vehicles are queued up past the old Shell station on McCallum due to the single-lane northbound and the traffic light at Westshore Parkway. So Sooke-bound traffic is tied up unnecessarily in that backlog.

 

And let's face it taking the build better roads and they will come approach will keep people saying in twenty years..."hey what about that old railway right of way that they stopped using thirty years ago?" 

"Oh that land all got developed ten years ago and that is why the traffic is in such a mess"



#3148 Cats4Hire

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 07:14 PM

It seems that left turn off Carey onto Douglas will work for cars too as it's all set up despite no buses using it until January, there's no "bus only" signs/paint anywhere and I watched multiple cars trigger the light change. That's annoying.



#3149 Mike K.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:12 AM

I saw that yesterday as well. One measly little hatchback forced dozens and dozens of vehicles to come to a screeching halt after having moved off a red light at Saanich. At the very least they should have synced the lights, for gosh sake.


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#3150 Cats4Hire

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Posted Yesterday, 10:16 AM

At the very least they should have synced the lights, for gosh sake.

Syncing lights in the CRD? That's a good joke!
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#3151 jessief

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Posted Yesterday, 11:36 AM

It seems that left turn off Carey onto Douglas will work for cars too as it's all set up despite no buses using it until January, there's no "bus only" signs/paint anywhere and I watched multiple cars trigger the light change. That's annoying.


There is a sign that says right turn only except buses but it’s not very obvious and I too saw cars making the left.

#3152 Cats4Hire

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Posted Yesterday, 12:00 PM

There is a sign that says right turn only except buses but it’s not very obvious and I too saw cars making the left.

with how successful they've been at keeping cars out of the bus lanes I'd say be prepared to stop many times for a small vehicle to make that left. 



#3153 Mike K.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:06 PM

So the new lanes on Douglas Street north of Hillside are so narrow that it's actually unnerving when you're driving in the middle lane between a bus and another vehicle. They've got to be about a foot, if not more, thinner than south of Hillside.


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#3154 Nparker

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Posted Yesterday, 12:14 PM

The goal is probably to reduce car traffic down to one lane in each direction and give bikes their own lanes along Douglas.



#3155 jessief

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Posted Yesterday, 04:20 PM

So the new lanes on Douglas Street north of Hillside are so narrow that it's actually unnerving when you're driving in the middle lane between a bus and another vehicle. They've got to be about a foot, if not more, thinner than south of Hillside.


Also I’ve seen buses backed up in the bus lane because cars are sitting on the lines and they can’t get by.
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#3156 Cassidy

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Posted Yesterday, 05:27 PM

I drive a full size pick-up, and always cheat well over towards the bus lanes when I'm on that stretch of Douglas.

 

If the bus can't get by my truck ... tough. I want at least 2+ feet between me and any car beside me while driving at speed.


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#3157 kxl

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Posted Yesterday, 06:28 PM

What the Carey/Douglas intersection needs is those gates (vehicle traps) that only buses can pass through.

 



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