What You Told Us About the Future McKenzie Interchange

APRIL 26, 2016 UPDATE: The new McKenzie interchange will be built as a partial cloverleaf reflecting the preferred option of 75% of those who participated in the public consultation, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced today.

You gave us a lot to consider during the first phase of McKenzie Interchange Project consultation last November-December. Now it’s time to look back… and move forward with a more detailed design and continued consultation with you.

The report summarizing the fall engagement process is now available on the website. You know what your priorities are; now this report gives us, and you, a clearer understanding how the collective whole – from commuters to commercial drivers, and transit users to cyclists and pedestrians – stands as we continue with the design process.

The summary report takes into account more than 1,100 comments and submissions from the public, as well as input provided from the public open house and meetings with First Nations, local governments and key stakeholders.

McKenzie Open House

In no particular order, here are the top things to know about the consultation and design process up to this point:

You shared with us…

Of the three design options presented, the majority of people surveyed mentioned Option 2 (the one with the partial cloverleaf), followed by Option 1 and Option 3. Thank you so much for your input. We’re now going to use your feedback and suggestions, along with technical and financial information, to discuss with our engineers what needs to be done to further refine the interchange options before presenting our findings to you later this month (Feb 2016).

McKenzie Interchange Design Comments

You’re invited…

We’ll be holding a second open house on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016, where we’ll present additional information on Options 1 and 2, and receive more feedback from you. We’ll cover:

  • Details of roadways and structures, including traffic signals, using updated simulations to show traffic flow
  • Locations for transit stops
  • Pedestrian and cyclist movements for the Galloping Goose and crossings at both Highway 1 and McKenzie Avenue
  • Potential property and environmental impacts (and ways to alleviate these)

If you can’t make it to the open house, don’t worry – we’ll post all materials on the project website that day, and we’ll be accepting feedback during this second phase of consultation via the online feedback form, by email, and by phone (250-387-8700) until March 18.

Your biggest concerns…

The McKenzie Interchange Project all started due to a need to relieve congestion, so it’s no surprise the most popular design consideration you mention in the questionnaire is travel time savings (90% say this rates on the very to extremely important end of the scale). Aside from that, 84% say increased safety ranks high, 71% are strongly for accommodating transit, and 66% rank improved cycling and pedestrian connections as very or extremely important.

McKenzie Interchange Priorities

Your common themes…

Certain themes are certainly on your mind; these kept popping up in your comments:

  • The McKenzie/Burnside intersection
  • Cuthbert Holmes Park
  • Traffic flow
  • Consideration of transit, cycling and pedestrians
  • Preference for highway passing underneath McKenzie/Admirals

We’re working towards starting construction in the latter part of this year. We don’t want to make traffic flow worse before making it better, so during construction, our goal is to maintain existing travel times for commuters during peak periods.

Thank you for all your feedback so far. And please keep it coming during this upcoming second phase of consultation, starting with the February 24 open house. Knowing people’s key priorities for the project is enabling us to move forward with designing the interchange that you want.

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  1. Hi,

    Now that the show is on the road with the interchange I have a question to ask. Once completed it appears there will be signals on the exits. I’m assuming they will be new signals and that the older ones will be recycled. I was wondering if instead of throwing them away if you would give one to me to start a collection I’ve always wanted to start. I am a local in Victoria and would be able to pick it up. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back.

    • Hello Nick,

      Unfortunately, the old signs are recycled by our maintenance contractors when removed and replaced with new signs in the field. Therefore there are no old signs available.

      If you are interested in buying a “new” BC sign you can contact one of our recognized sign suppliers to order the sign.

      Here’s one to get you started:

      Sherine Industries Ltd.
      Ph: 1-800-665-0566

  2. During the open house I heard a lot of comments regarding the Mctavish interchange roundabouts and how the public do not want it repeated at Mckenzie. It seems the number one concern was to reduce the number of stop lights to keep trafiic flowing. If you drive through the Mctavish interchange at any time of day the traffic flows freely and without incident since new signage was installed. I hope that highways will be responsible should any portion of the Mckenzie interchange fail to alleviate traffic backups.

    • Thank you for this feedback Brad. Our primary goal for this project is to improve traffic flow of passenger, transit and goods movement vehicles and reduce collisions and congestion-related impacts, which is why we are considering all input options. We hope you continue to contribute throughout the process and if you have any other questions, let us know.