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
January 2, 2024


Terminal construction work to begin on January 8, 2024

VICTORIA – Bowen Islanders can expect essential updates to Snug Cove’s marine infrastructure by the end of March. These improvements will ensure continued safe and reliable ferry service the community depends on for commuting to work, school, medical appointments and other travel needs.

The $3.7 million project starts on Jan. 8 and will deliver strengthened structural elements, safer walkways, restoration of damaged concrete, new access platforms for maintenance crews, and new mechanical components, among other changes.

To deliver these upgrades, a modified schedule from Tuesdays to Sundays will be required. While full-day berth closures are also required, these are being limited to weekends, and supports have been arranged to keep people moving, including:
  • Complimentary water taxi service for daily cancellations and berth closures
  • Complimentary shuttle service from Snug Cove water taxi to transit park & ride during full-day berth closures and evening sailing cancellations
  • Discounted/complimentary parking at Horseshoe Bay

The first of the three full-day berth closures will occur on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Subsequent full-day closures will follow on February 3-4 and March 9, 2024. No vehicle service will be available on these days.

“The Snug Cove terminal is used extensively by daily commuters, school-aged children, residents, emergency services and tourists and that’s why we’re working hard overnight to minimize any impact during the day,” said Stephen Jones, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering. “Planning ahead during this time will help our customers enjoy a smoother travel experience.”

Over the years, Snug Cove’s berth has experienced significant vehicle and foot traffic. Being the island’s only point of access for vehicle traffic and commercial goods carriers, the terminal currently operates 15 to 16 trips per day, and approximately 5,666 trips annually.

Customers can also visit the Snug Cove project page for more information on the project: Passengers are advised to check sailing schedules and travel advisories at before travelling, follow BC Ferries on X (formerly Twitter) and sign up for service notices to stay informed.
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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)

Note to newsrooms: For urgent media inquiries off-hours, call our off-hours line at (250) 516-7211.
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