On Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm, the newly-constructed Bear Mountain Parkway extension—the City of Langford’s ‘Olympic Corridor’—officially opened to the public. Approximately 3.5 km long, the $10.5M extension will connect the areas of Bear Mountain and South Skirt Mountain to the Leigh Road Interchange/Trans Canada Highway and extend access, via an overpass, into areas of central Langford.
Following the ribbon cutting, residents, developers, and municipal employees were invited to attend a reception in the Westin Bear Mountain Ballroom to celebrate the new Parkway and 25 years of Langford’s extraordinary growth in the West Shore.
Residents and visitors alike have been waiting years for this much needed additional access to the Bear Mountain community and a quicker access to other areas of Langford—bypassing the inevitable Millstream Road congestion during peak hours and weekends! It should also take less time to connect to the Trans Canada Highway for trips up island.
To alleviate traffic congestion in other areas of Langford, two more road construction projects are drawing to close this year:
- The extension of Leigh Road across the railway tracks to Langford Parkway opens later this summer, making this the final north/south connection into the Westhills core area
- The extra left turn lane for the Millstream Overpass is scheduled to open in advance of the May long weekend.
“Kudos to the City of Langford for making these critical infrastructure investments,” says Dan Matthews, President and CEO of Ecoasis Developments LLP. “It demonstrates the forward thinking and leadership of the Mayor who certainly recognizes the importance of these key transportation projects keeping in step with the city’s on-going growth.”