Wednesday January 13, 2021 | LANGFORD, BC
by Mary P Brooke, editor | Island Social Trends
There was a signal light outage at the major intersection of West Shore Parkway and Highway 14 (Sooke Road) today between around 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm. There is a Co-op gas station at that corner.
The signal light is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI); the traffic bulletin was issued by City of Langford Engineering.
No information yet on whether traffic was guided by MOTI personnel, or whether the intersection reverted to the rules of the road, i.e. default 4-way-stop (which in the case of this intersection would be only 3-way.
Cause of the signal light outage was related to power outages caused by a significantly strong windstorm overnight last night. Extensive damage was caused by branches and trees breaking and coming into contact with BC Hydro’s electrical infrastructure.
Thousands of BC Hydro customers were without power overnight and into this morning, with 6,453 customers still without power at 3 pm today January 13 — 654 of those in the Langford/Highlands area, about 300 around much of Metchosin, and about 1,500 in the broader Sooke region.
That’s down significantly from (as of 11:15 am this morning) there being still 15,000 BC Hydro customers without power on Vancouver Island (primarily west side of Greater Victoria and also Duncan) as well as the Gulf Islands.