project update - June 2017
The majority of hard infrastructure pieces are now in place with final road paving happening at the end of June.
This final paving will result in a temporary 2-day closure of the road.
Our goals for June include finishing granite pavers along the barriers, installing soft landscaping and bollards and beginning the application of sidewalk aesthetic coating.
More details on these remaining tasks will be provided as soon as they are available.
Parking & Access
During construction, from now until late June, parking will not be available along the frontage road from Begbie Street to 6th Street in order to facilitate the construction process in the most expedient way possible. Alternate parking will be available to all affected residents and businesses along Columbia Street and the Front Street Parkade.
Trapp & Holbrook residential access will remain open from McKenzie Street and Begbie Street. Pedestrian and wheelchair access will also remain open. Deliveries and pickups will continue to be coordinated through Site Superintendent, Matt Mikus: 604 841 9584, firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be traffic controllers and appropriate signage advising drivers and pedestrians of traffic flow along the frontage road.
During construction we will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to residents and businesses; however, with work with of this nature, some inconvenience will be unavoidable and we ask for your patience and cooperation during construction.
Fourth Street Stairwell
The temporary staircase along the west side of the Fourth Street ramp is open.
The City is making every effort to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible with minimal disruptions to residents and businesses.
The portion of the Front Street Parkade west of 6th Street has been removed, and the existing Frontage Road on this section of Front Street is being redesigned as a “Mews”. The Mews is envisioned to become an attractive, safe and pedestrian-friendly great street of which residents and merchants alike can be proud. The contemporary design for the mews will include a widened sidewalk, street furniture, lighting, street trees, traffic-calming, planters and angled parking to access local businesses. A continuous paving treatment for the street and sidewalk reinforces the idea of a ‘shared street’ (i.e. designed to facilitate a wide range of activities including local access, pedestrian and bicycle movement, social interaction, commercial and restaurant activity).
The design for the Mews based on the following principles:
- Create a unique destination that attracts people and enhances the downtown experience.
- Create a place where people choose to stay.
- Retain a sense of industrial character.
- Create a mixed modal / shared street.
- Design the street to be safe, serviceable and accessible.
- Provide adequate parking to support businesses.
- Address issues identified by stakeholder groups and the community.
- Create an engaging street edge with future development.
- Create a street that’s flexible to accommodate a variety of program uses.
- Integrate with the surrounding street network with strong connections to the waterfront.