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 Avenue 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.
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 total project budget for the roundabout project is $7.6 million, including the realignment of Stirling Way. The majority of costs associated with building the roundabout will be offset by a $5 million grant from the Federal Government’s Strategic Priorities Fund of the Canada Community-Building Fund. Learn more about the grant here.
Recognizing that all three jurisdictions contribute to commercial and residential traffic at the intersection of Galaran Road and Beacon Avenue West, the Town of Sidney, Victoria Airport Authority, and District of North Saanich developed a Cost-Sharing Agreement for the project. As a result of the grant, the maximum net cost of the project will be no more than $1,040,000 each for the Town of Sidney and Victoria Airport Authority, and $520,000 for the District of North Saanich.
Status UpdateFollowing a competitive process, C-1 Excavating Ltd was selected to undertake construction of the roundabout project. Site preparations are now underway. The roundabout is expected to be completed in late 2023.
The project is being managed by the Victoria Airport Authority. A Concept Design for the roundabout is available here.
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2021 Beacon West Traffic Study