New Roundabout in View Royal is Complete

VIEW ROYAL, BC – A new single-lane roundabout now replaces the 4-way intersection at Six Mile Road and Atkins Road in View Royal, improving vehicle access and safety for people who drive, walk and cycle.

The roundabout is fully lit with LED streetlights, 3-metre-wide multi-use pathways, and separated crosswalks for pedestrians and cyclists with flashing beacons. Red stamped asphalt aprons in the middle circle and corner quadrants help large trucks navigate the lanes safely. New sidewalks improve pedestrian connections between Six Mile Road and Atkins Road. Landscaping includes low-growing native shrubbery including wild strawberries, Blue Oat Grass, Snowberry, Tall Oregon Grape, and Lavender planted along the curb, and Serbian Spruce trees within the center island.

“Investments in multi-modal transportation infrastructure directly impact community well-being,” noted Mayor Sid Tobias. “The neighbourhood is already more walkable, safer, and accessible because of these improvements and we are grateful to partner with ICBC and the Government of Canada to make these much-needed improvements possible.”

The intersection improvements are responsive to what was heard from the community during the Six Mile Corridor Study conducted in 2019, including traffic calming and improving vehicle driver, pedestrian, and cyclist safety,

The $3.9 million project was funded by the Community Works Fund (Federal Canada Community-Building Fund), ICBC Road Improvements Program, and the Town of View Royal’s Development Costs Charges and Casino Revenue reserves. The project was completed under budget and prior to the annual increase in summer visitors to Thetis Lake Regional Park.

“We’re proud to partner with the Town of View Royal and invest in a new roundabout to help make the community safer for all road users,” said Shabnem Afzal, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Road design is critical to reducing crashes and protecting vulnerable road users, and that’s why we’ll continue to invest in B.C. roads as part of our commitment to road safety.”

Construction occurred from October 2023 to June 2024. The Thetis Lake Overflow Parking Lot was closed at the start of construction and will remain closed as the Town explores its use as potential park space through future master planning.