Travel advisory: Highway 17 Closures - Keating Cross Road Overpass Project - July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024 View ×

Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2024

Highway 17 Closures
Keating Cross Road Overpass Project
Victoria to Swartz Bay

July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024

Patricia Bay Highway (Hwy 17) between Victoria and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island will be temporarily closed from Tanner Road to Island View Road due to the Keating Cross Road Overpass Project during the noted times on the following dates:

Scheduled Highway Closures

July 25, 2024

July 29, 2024

August 7, 2024

10:00 pm – 6:00 am

8:00 pm – 6:00 am

10:00 pm – 6:00 am

Customers looking to travel to or from Swartz Bay terminal during closure times will be impacted and should plan their travel accordingly. A detour will be in effect via Central Saanich Road. Customers should be prepared for a 15-20 minute delay as a result.

Those using transit to Swartz Bay are strongly advised to take earlier bus departures because of the detour. Additional information is available online at: 

For more information, please check the Keating Cross Overpass Project website here:

For up-to-date sailing and departure information, check Current Conditions, follow @BCFerries on X, or phone 1-888-223-3779 for further assistance.

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For Immediate Release
July 9, 2024


VICTORIA – As the 2024 wildfire season approaches, BC Ferries is enhancing its support for emergency responders by streamlining the booking process and offering expedited loading and priority boarding for those aiding wildfire responses both in B.C. and across the country.

Developed in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service, this new process will ensure emergency vehicles, crews and support staff have timely and reliable ferry access during the busy summer travel season.

“We provide an essential service for communities up and down the coast, and supporting emergency responses is a key part of that,” says Nicolas Jimenez, President & CEO of BC Ferries. “This new process simplifies travel for first responders, allowing them to reach their destination easily and focus on protecting and saving lives.”

BC Ferries has historically provided assured loading for crews deployed to fight wildfires. However, with record numbers of travellers expected on board this summer, the new centralized booking process and single form for emergency responders in active pursuit of a wildfire will ensure they can load onto the right vessel, at the right time.

“BC Ferries continues to be a valued partner to the BC Wildfire Service", shared Clint Parker, Coastal Fire Centre Manager. "We appreciate their support of our wildfire response across the province and are pleased to expand upon this key partnership. The launch of this new process will expedite response to the communities that our organizations both serve.”

Wildfire prevention is everyone's responsibility. Many areas along the BC Coast are currently experiencing extremely dry conditions. Please visit the BC Wildfire Service website and check with your municipality for current fire bans, restrictions, and regulations in these areas.

By working together and staying vigilant, we can protect our communities and ensure a safe summer for everyone.
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Media Contact:
BC Ferries, Media Relations
Victoria: (250) 978-1267

Customer Contact:
Victoria: (250) 410-1465
Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)
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