MOTI to close one lane of Taylor Bay Road for major repairs at Ferry Hill intersection

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, March 14 2017

This past week, staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) confirmed that the ministry will be rehabilitating a section of Taylor Bay Road.

MOTI staff did not give a specific date for when the work would start, saying only that it would be this spring, “when the weather is drier.”

Stu Johnson, MOTI District Development Technician out of Nanaimo, met with representatives from the Gabriola Ferry Advisory Commission and BC Ferries this past Monday, March 6. 

FAC members reported out of that meeting quoting Johnson as saying the work will be taking place either late in March or in early April.

According to MOTI staff, the project will involve removing and rebuilding the road base around the corner of North Road and Taylor Bay Road, replacing the culvert under Taylor Bay Road, and placing rip-rap to protect against erosion. 

When this maintenance work is completed, this section of the road will be repaved and lines will be repainted.

The project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

MOTI staff said that during construction, crews will make every effort to ensure traffic delays related to construction, including impacts to ferry lineups, are kept to a minimum. 

Some single lane alternating will be required and drivers are reminded to obey traffic control personnel and construction speed limits, and to watch for workers.  

Residents and travellers will be made aware of construction and temporary traffic pattern changes via roadside message boards.

Johnson, as well as Mike Pearson, MOTI Operations Manager for Vancouver Island District--Central Vancouver Island, were contacted by email by the Sounder, but had not responded prior to press time. All answers came via the MOTI media office in Victoria.