(Ministry of Transportation)

Planning a trip up the Malahat? Make sure you have adequate gas and a whole lot of patience.

Now that the summer peak travel period is over and traffic volumes are lower, the Ministry of Transportation has announced that it will be reducing the highway to one lane in each direction on the Malahat between Aspen Road and Shawnigan Lake Road.

This traffic pattern change will take effect after the Thanksgiving long weekend and remain in place 24/7 until the May long weekend in 2018.

Traffic Changes for Safe Blasting

“This is in order to ensure blasting activities can be completed safely and to provide clear and consistent lanes for drivers through the project during the winter months when visibility is often reduced by weather conditions,” the ministry wrote in a statement Friday morning.

Intermittent traffic stoppages are also required for blasting but will occur outside peak periods (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. southbound and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. northbound).

Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes during construction.

The ministry asks motorists to please watch out for workers, obey the construction speed zone of 60 km/h at all times, and use both lanes up to the merge point and then alternate when merging (like a zipper) for best efficiency.

For up-to-date route information, visit the DriveBC website.

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