$54.5-million contract awarded, construction to start on Keating overpass

Construction of the Keating Interchange will begin soon on the Pat Bay Freeway.

The $54.5 million Highway 17 Keating Cross Interchange project contract has been awarded to FlatIron Constructors Canada Ltd.

Construction of the interchange is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with completion expected in spring 2025.

“This interchange will provide a vital connection between Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road, improving safety and accessibility for commuters, travelers and businesses in this growing region,” said BC Transport and Foundation Facilities Minister Rob Fleming said in a statement. “The new interchange will eliminate the need to make dangerous turns in oncoming highway traffic, support future rapid transit, and boost economic growth in and around the Keating business district, one of the region’s most important and One of the fastest growing employment centers.”

The project will see the northbound turn lane to Keating Cross Road replaced by an interchange on Highway 17. Additional work includes installing new sidewalks at Keating Cross, widening Keating Cross and the freeway, realigning the southbound ramp, and closing the Highway 17 entrance at East Saanich and Martindale Roads.

“We look forward to commencing construction and working with the provincial government to ensure minimal disruption to peninsula residents while this important project proceeds,” Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor said in the same statement. We will eagerly look forward to the improved security this will bring to the Keating area and across Central Saanich.”

The project has a budget of $76.8 million, with $57.6 million from the province, $16.7 million from the federal government and $2.5 million from the Central Saanich region.

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