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Highway 4 Kennedy Hill Upgrades

If you’re planning on driving to Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or Tofino soon, please read this message.

Highway Status: OPEN

Below are the proposed schedules for safety upgrades. Always download the current Highway Work Schedule.

Download the current Highway Work Schedule for June 13, 2019: Click here

Peak Season: Jun 15th – Sept 15th
Saturday – Thursday:
• Daytime: 7am to 10pm ~ up to 30 minute delays
• Nighttime: 10pm to 7am ~ up to 3hr delays
Friday:
• Daytime: 7am to 1am ~ up to 30 minute delays
• Nighttime: 1am to 7am ~ up to 3hr delays

Off Season: Sept 16 – June 14
Sunday – Saturday:
• Daytime: 7am to 10pm ~ up to 30 minute delays (Except; Noon-1pm & 4-5pm ~ up to 1hr delays)
• Nighttime: 10pm to 7am ~ up to 3hr delays

The BC Ministry of Transportation is conducting a significant upgrade to Highway 4 near Kennedy Lake, Starting in July 2018. Construction will continue around the clock for appx 24 months, with 2-3 hour complete traffic delays between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am, except for Friday nights where the road will remain open until midnight.

Delays of up to 30 minutes, due to single lane alternating traffic, are also planned during daylight hours.

View the current roadwork schedule here

View the official safety improvement and upgrade page here

Quick Facts and Project Benefits

Download the current Highway Work Schedule for June 13, 2019: Click here

How long is the project expected to last?

Construction is expected to last approximately two years, beginning in spring 2018 and ending in 2020.

Why is the road work taking place?

Wider shoulders will improve safety for all users of the highway, including vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Where is the road work taking place?

The project is located adjacent to Kennedy Lake approximately 14 kilometers northeast of the Tofino/Ucluelet Hwy 4 junction. The project starts at the bottom/south end of Kennedy Hill at the TR19 Creek culvert and continues up the hill towards Port Alberni for a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers.

How should we plan our trip to the West Coast?

Travelers should plan for the trip between Port Alberni to the Tofino/Ucluelet junction to take 2 hours during the day.

What are the expected delays?
  • 30-minute travel delays due to single-lane alternating traffic at the construction site are expected each day.
  • Complete road closures for 1-3 hour periods overnight are planned (between the hours of 1am-4am, 5am-7am and 10 pm-midnight.)
  • It is advised that all travelers along Highway 4 plan to complete their journeys before 9:00pm to avoid possible 2-3 hour road closure periods overnight.
What should I have in the car on our journey to the West Coast?

Visitors are encouraged to prepare for travel delays by ensuring that they have enough fuel, water and food prior to leaving Port Alberni.

Will I have cell service?

Cell phone coverage is typically unavailable along most of Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the Tofino/Ucluelet junction.

Are there washrooms along the way?

Washroom facilities along Highway 4 are also intermittent. Taylor Arm pullout and Kennedy River pullout.

What happens in the case of an emergency?
  • Emergency vehicles will be prioritized to pass through the Highway 4 construction site with minimal delay via advanced notice given direct to the site from dispatchers.
  • Alternative modes of transportation (commercial airlines, float plane charters etc.) can be presented.
What time should we be leaving Port Alberni?

Visitors leaving Port Alberni after 7:30pm should be encouraged to prepare for travel delays by ensuring that they have enough fuel, water and food.

Project Benefits

The project will upgrade 1.5 kilometres of the Pacific Rim highway along Kennedy Hill adjacent to Kennedy Lake.

The project will benefit the surrounding communities by stimulating economic development and tourism opportunities that rely on this vital corridor.

Wider shoulders will improve safety for all users of the highway, including vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

The project will benefit commercial and recreational vehicles with the reduced road grade and elimination of the overhanging rock.

The new rest area and view point will be a benefit to area tourism.

Where can I find up-to-date information and the status about the highway?

Visitors are encouraged to check current road conditions and travel delay information before setting out on the drive between Port Alberni and the West Coast (126 kilometers/78 miles along Highway 4) so that they can plan their travel accordingly. Current information can be found at two British Columbia Ministry of Transportation’s websites:

http://www.drivebc.ca

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/highway4kennedyhill/traffic-advisories

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Please Note

Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the area governments will communicate through official landing pages such as this, and this page will contain links to current information and recommended travel timing. Regular updates will be posted on our social media channels, principally Twitter and Facebook.

Do not hesitate to contact our Visitor Centre by phone or email if you have any questions: Phone: (250) 726-4600 and [email protected]

Page Last Updated: October 1, 2018

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