Mackenzie Intersection

MacKenzie Overpass, Victoria BC

Sigh. West coast politics.

The most recent highway modification was a $24 million conversion from intersection to overpass on the Pat Bay highway, on the exit to theairport. There, you have to navigate not one, not two, but three consecutive traffic circles to do what used to be a simple left hand turn on an advanced green. I used to commute that way. There was no congestion there. But hey, what a fun project.

Meanwhile, on the TransCanada Highway at Mackenzie … this brutal intersection backs traffic up for kilometers. During rush hour traffic, it can take up to 25 minutes to travel 5 kilometers. And rush hour traffic is eastbound from 5:30am to 9am, and westbound from 2pm to 6pm.

Left alone, this problem can only get better (being facetious)  because contemporary employers caught up to 2002 and beyond let their employees telecommute when possible (being even more facetious).

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