The Crofton Road project was originally due to be completed by the summer of this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Crofton Road project was originally due to be completed by the summer of this year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Road improvements to start taking shape Nov. 2

It’ll be a long haul until next summer to get it done and motorists should expect delays

Another long-awaited road improvement project in the region is finally slated to begin.

As the corridor construction into Chemainus on Chemainus Road continues to take shape, Crofton Road is next on the project list.

Windley Contracting Ltd. of Nanaimo is commencing with construction Nov. 2 on Crofton Road between Chaplin Street and Chemainus Road. Hours of work will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and motorists can expect delays.

“Windley Contracting Ltd. has developed a traffic control plan acceptable to the Ministry of Transportation to minimize traffic impacts — especially to emergency services, transit, local property owners and commuters,” noted project manager Richard Smith.

Emergency services will be given access at all times, he added.

No work will be done impacting traffic during any long weekend throughout the construction period, expected to last until July 31, 2021.

There have been a few false alarms over the years in getting the road fixed. The project was lined up to be done last year and then finished during the summer of 2020, but then COVID-19 hit and put it on the back burner again.

Related: Routley says Crofton Road work will be completed in 2020

The road contains several extremely bumpy sections more reminiscent of a mini roller coaster ride that have drawn complaints and the ire of residents for many years.

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The trip into Crofton has been anything but welcoming with a horribly bumpy road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The trip into Crofton has been anything but welcoming with a horribly bumpy road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The bottom of Crofton Road where it meets Chemainus Road, known as Pinson’s Corner, is notorious for flooding and marks the start of an adventurous ride into Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The bottom of Crofton Road where it meets Chemainus Road, known as Pinson’s Corner, is notorious for flooding and marks the start of an adventurous ride into Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Building at the corner of Crofton Road, now owned by the Halalt First Nation, experiences frequent flooding due to the poor quaility of the road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Building at the corner of Crofton Road, now owned by the Halalt First Nation, experiences frequent flooding due to the poor quaility of the road. (Photo by Don Bodger)