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British Columbia Highway 14

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Highway 14

West Coast (Sooke) Highway
Route information
Maintained by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Length98 km[1] (61 mi)
Existed1953–present
Major junctions
East end Hwy 1 (TCH) in Langford
West endGovernment Wharf in Port Renfrew
Location
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Highway system
Hwy 13 Hwy 15

British Columbia Highway 14, named the West Coast (Sooke) Highway is the southernmost numbered route in the province of British Columbia. An east–west highway on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island in the Capital Regional District, it is sometimes known as the Juan de Fuca Highway, as well as Sooke Road, Sooke being one of the largest communities that the highway passes through. Highway 14 first opened in 1953, extending west from Colwood, a suburb of Victoria, to the coastal community of Jordan River, and was extended all the way west to the remote community of Port Renfrew by 1975. The highway's eastern terminus was relocated to northern Langford in 2002.

Outside of urban areas the route has exceptionally winding, curving and hilly stretches. Some of the sharper corners have oversized, freeway-style, jersey barriers instead of the more typical steel crash rails, mostly to prevent an out-of-control vehicle from falling off a cliff into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Some bridges are single lane and were built corduroy road style.

Route details

Highway 14 just west of French Beach Provincial Park

The total length of Highway 14 is 98.43 kilometres (61.16 mi).[1] In the east, Highway 14 begins at an interchange with the Trans-Canada Highway (Exit 14) in north Langford, proceeding south for 3 km (1.9 mi) as the four-lane Veterans Memorial Parkway through the community of Langford. The highway then turns west as the two-lane Sooke Road, continuing through Langford and Metchosin for 22 km (14 mi). At the signalized Westshore Parkway intersection, the highway becomes four lanes for 3.5km before returning to 2 lanes. A short 1.4km four-lane, divided standard upgrade to the highway was completed in 2023 with an interchange at Gillespie Road (Exit 31), providing access to East Sooke. The highway passes by a local hill known as Mount Helmcken, before entering Sooke. After Sooke, Highway 14 proceeds west for 36 km (22 mi) to Jordan River, hugging the coastline for most of the distance. Highway 14 then travels west northwest along the southwestern coast of the Island for 42 km (26 mi), finally terminating at a Department of Fisheries and Oceans dock in the town of Port Renfrew.

Prior to realignment in 2002, Highway 14 travelled through Colwood from the junction of Old Island Highway (former Highway 1A) and Goldstream Avenue to its current intersection with Veterans Memorial Parkway.

See also

References

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  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2020. pp. 265–273. Retrieved 2021-01-17.

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