Parksville Qualicum Beach residents planning to guide guests or make their own trip to Tofino or the west coast in the coming year may want to take extra care to plan ahead. The only road that connects the west woast to East Vancouver Island looks like it will be shut down in both directions every night for three months next summer.
Canada’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities and B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are splitting the cost of a roughly $27 million project that will upgrade a 1.5 kilometre stretch of Hwy. 4 roughly 14 kilometres east of the west coast junction.
The project is expected to get underway in April and take about two years to complete.
During each nightly closure, the highway would open for two one-hour periods: from midnight to 1 a.m. and again from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., according to Ucluelet Mayor Dianne St. Jacques.