From left

Wembley Road in Parksville to get $250k in upgrades

The area has been dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, including elementary school students

Wembley Road will soon receive $250,000 worth of upgrades.

The Wembley Road Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Improvements will see 1.2 km of shoulder widening on the west side of Wembley Road from the Parksville city boundary to Wright Road, widening of existing bus pullouts along the corridor and a new crosswalk with lighting at the Roberton Boulevard intersection.

“I’m tickled pink,” said RDN chair Joe Stanhope who represents French Creek, of the project. Stanhope had earlier written to the Province regarding the safety issues along the corridor.

The plans for the upgrades were unveiled by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone and Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell Tuesday.

These improvements are slated for completion in November 2015, according to a news release from the Province.

The Wembley Road project is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s new 10-year transportation plan that Stone said will touch “all facets of transportation.”

The plan will see $2.5 billion in spending over the next three years. Stone said the mid-Island region will see “many more improvements” during that time. While no specific projects were listed, Stone said the Island would see increased funding for side roads and secondary highways, continued work on major highways and increased funding for infrastructure to support alternative transportation such as cycling.

Just Posted

Parksville’s Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor celebrate 50 years

Week of ‘60s-themed activities starts on April 26

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

Review: The Magic of ‘Almost, Maine’

ECHO Players production runs through May 5 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

Most Read