Scoter Trail Project
Traffic advisory: From Mon Jul 27 to Nov 2020 expect traffic delays on West Saanich Rd. for the Scoter Trail Rehabilitation project. Read full traffic advisory.
Scoter Trail stretches along the Patricia Bay shoreline, from Patricia Bay Park in the south to the Tseycum First Nation lands in the north. This recreational trail is well used by both residents and visitors.
The southern section of the trail has been upgraded, but the section north of Munro Road is closed due to erosion of the shoreline from wave action.
Rehabilitation of the shoreline is required before the trail can be reopened to the public.
The restoration of the shoreline along the north section of Scoter Trail from, Munro Road to 10339 West Saanich Road, started on July 27 after a late start as a result of archaeological permit delays. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November 2020. From August 18 to September 30, 2020, Council has approved the following modified construction hours:
- Monday – Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The hours have been modified to ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion. The majority of the construction must take place below the waterline and within the fisheries window of July 1 to October 1, which is set by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. During the months of August and September, there are a number of low tide periods in the early morning.
We are working with the contractor for the project, Draycor Construction, to limit the early morning activities as much as possible.
Please note: The stairs at Munroe will be closed as part of the work. They are anticipated to open by the end of October 2020.
Please use extra caution when driving through the construction zone.
- Traffic Delays – There will be some temporary lane restrictions and traffic delays
- Truck Traffic – At times, there will be increased truck traffic
- Noise – There will be construction noise; work will be scheduled in accordance with the District’s noise bylaw
- Dust and Mud – There may be an increase of dust and mud
- Police and emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times
Why are we doing this?
The overall intent is to preserve the natural shoreline, including preserving as many trees as possible in the design and construction of the shoreline. The main improvements will be the restoration of the trail and the installation of a pebble beach, which will make the trail walkable at all tides. This improvement will also enhance the natural shoreline by allowing logs to wash onto the beach and plants to establish. Benches and bike racks will also be installed along the trail.
Background: Restoration Options and Public Consultation
Three options were developed for restoration of the shoreline and trail. A public consultation on the options was held from May 21 to June 18, 2019. Of the three options, “Option 1” was most supported, with 85% of respondents selecting this as their first preferred option.
In response to the public consultation results, Council directed staff to advance design and construction plans for the project following Option 1. In addition, Council directed staff to install benches and bike racks along the trail.