McAllister Avenue Reconstruction
The transformation of McAllister Avenue in 2021 will kickstart and set the tone for upcoming projects to revitalize Port Coquitlam’s iconic downtown and improve public amenities in the Civic Centre.
Work will take begin in late spring 2021 to redevelop McAllister Avenue – a key connector in the downtown – into a lively, walkable tree-lined street that will draw people to the area to gather, shop, stroll and celebrate.
A World-class Shared Street Design
The concept for McAllister Avenue is reminiscent of some of the world’s most memorable streets, which complement and promote the adjacent commercial uses and bustle with activity and excitement.
The updated streetscape will include:
- A multi-use path and wide pedestrian concourse,
- One-way east-bound traffic and angled parking to provide more space for those on foot and bicycle,
- Engaging street-level building design with patios and storefronts that spill out onto the sidewalk,
- A level street surface to create an open-air plaza for events,
- Unique paving materials, wires buried underground and sustainable drainage,
- Trees, landscaping and furniture that can be removed during events,
- Electrical hookups for entertainers and food trucks, and
- As part of the downtown action plan a 2,500-square-foot plaza alongside the future Donald Pathway extension through the downtown is planned along with the Quarry Rock Development housing-commercial project on McAllister Avenue
- Brings new and desired services and amenities to the downtown while complementing the area’s charm and character.
- Stimulates the local economy by attracting visitors, shoppers and investment, and through construction andjob creation.
- Promotes alternative transportation options through its walkable and cyclable design and links to Donald Pathway, amenities and the trail network.
- Project planning: 2020
- Project tendering/award: March-April 2021
- Construction start (anticipated): early June 2021
- Construction end (anticipated): late 2021
Project phasing will be determined with the selected contractor. More information will be provided prior to the start of construction.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we complete these exciting improvements!
While there will be some inconvenience caused by the reconstruction work, the City will be working closely with the contractor to minimize the impact on businesses, residents and visitors.
Information was mailed out in early March to area businesses and residents. Watch this section for more details before and during construction.
Throughout construction, the City will promote a “McAllister Avenue is Open for Business” campaign directed to area shoppers and the community.
Additional supports for businesses include:
- Prior to construction, the contractors will meet with businesses to understand their peak business times and delivery requirements, and construction will be timed to minimize impacts on business access when possible.
- Contractors will post “Businesses Are Open” signage to alert passersby and drivers that they can still visit stores and restaurants on the street.
- The City has begun working with the Port Coquitlam Downtown Business Improvement Association on outreach and minimizing impacts to businesses.
- Access to all businesses and residences in the area will be retained throughout construction. In some cases this may require alternate access for properties directly adjacent to the construction. Notification will be provided and signage will be installed in advance.
- One-way east-bound traffic on McAllister will begin as soon as construction starts.
- While McAllister may be closed or partly open at times during construction, safe access will be provided to all affected businesses, residences and properties.
- Buses will be rerouted. The Coast Mountain Bus Company is currently assessing and testing the temporary routes for the construction period and the permanent new route to replace the current west-bound route along McAllister, once the east-bound one-way is in full effect. Appropriate signage and notice will be provided to transit users.
- Notices will be installed with clear directions to any detours or temporary bus stops as necessary.
- Full-time traffic control personnel will be onsite to direct all vehicle/cyclist/pedestrian traffic safely through the area.
- There will be no construction on Donald Street, but access to McAllister may be blocked at times.
There will be reduced parking on McAllister during construction, but there are multiple parking lots and street parking within a short walk.
More information about parking options will be provided before construction begins.
- Proper construction protocols will be followed and the contractors will keep the sites clean and safe.
- While dust is expected as part of construction, contractors will take steps to minimize its spread.
- Construction noise should be expected between 7 am and 7 pm. Night work is not anticipated.
Manager of Engineering Projects