Roundabout planned for intersection of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road
Sidney, North Saanich, and Victoria Airport Authority have formed a partnership to build a roundabout at the intersection of Galaran Road and Beacon Ave West. Stirling Avenue will also be realigned to connect to the roundabout.
The infrastructure improvement will increase public safety, reduce congestion, and support economic development in the area. In early 2022, Sidney, North Saanich, and Victoria Airport Authority agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding for the project with a goal of building the roundabout by fall of 2023.
The need for a roundabout in this key traffic corridor was first identified approximately 20 years ago when a gas station was proposed for the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Pat Bay Highway.
Since then, concerns about traffic management have increased with significant growth occurring in this commercial and industrial area across Sidney, North Saanich, and Victoria Airport Authority lands. These projects include the Sobeys Retail Support Centre, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) Response Base, Slegg Building Materials, Scotty Manufacturing Ltd., Titan Boats, and Canadian Tire, among others. The area continues to grow with the construction of the Amazon distribution warehouse.
Further development is expected into the future as there are several undeveloped parcels of land in this area on Sidney, North Saanich, and Victoria Airport Authority lands.
In 2021, the Town of Sidney, Victoria Airport Authority, District of North Saanich, and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure commissioned a traffic study by WATT Consulting Group to study existing and future traffic demands in the Beacon West area and develop concept plans for improvements. The development of a roundabout at Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road was identified as a short-term recommendation in the study.
The budget for the roundabout, based on a Class A estimate, is $6.4 million. This amount includes healthy contingency. Recognizing that all three jurisdictions contribute to traffic at the intersection of Galaran Road and Beacon Avenue West, project costs will be shared according to a formula agreed upon by the partners.
The Town of Sidney has agreed to contribute up to $2.65 million to the project, representing approximately 41.4% of the total estimated cost. Under the cost-sharing agreement, the Victoria Airport Authority will also contribute up to 41.4% of project costs, with the District of North Saanich contributing $1.1 million, representing $17.2% of the project budget.
On behalf of project partners, the Town has applied for a $5 million federal grant (Strategic Priorities Fund of the Canada Community-Building Fund). If successful, the grant would offset the majority of project costs. The outcome of this grant will be known in early 2023.
The project is being managed by the Victoria Airport Authority. A Concept Design for the roundabout is available here. The design has not been finalized.