Prairie Avenue Improvements
The City is planning safety and streetscape upgrades along Prairie Avenue between Shaughnessy Street and Fremont Street.
This important three-kilometre stretch of roadway sees more than 13,000 cars per day and is a critical connector for residents and businesses living and traveling on the north side of the community.
During September 2019, input was received from residents on three options, including a variety of features such as roundabouts, planted medians and landscaped boulevards, curb extensions and crosswalks, and sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
No additional traffic lanes are proposed.
Utility works are anticipated in early 2020, with road works to begin in 2021.
As part of the planned rehabilitation works on Prairie Avenue, the City is considering additional improvements along the corridor to meet the community’s future needs.
This corridor is a primary entry point for the north side neighbourhoods and commercial zone, yet lacks modern streetscape features in many areas. Additionally, traffic congestion has continued to increase along the corridor.
In 2017, the City allocated funding in the Capital Program for road design and construction improvements. Design options and concept plans were developed in 2018 and 2019, with the work including traffic studies, and a review of best practices.
At the June 11, 2019 Committee of Council Meeting, staff were approved to proceed with public consultation on the planned improvements.
Three distinct options were presented, each with tradeoffs because of the limited width available. The city is now looking for public feedback on which features are most important to them. Variations or combinations of the options could also be considered (such as option 2 along one block and option 3 along another).
The three options are outlined below; please see the staff report for details and maps.
Please note that roundabouts may be included in any of the three options. Features are explained in Proposed Features below.
A variety of modern streetscape features are being considered for locations along Prairie Avenue. No additional traffic lanes are proposed.
Some of the features are shown below, and full details of the three options are provided in the staff report linked on this page.
Every effort will be made to carry out the work with as little inconvenience as possible. Some of the potential impacts are noted below.
Some Prairie Avenue residents have installed permanent structures or significant landscaping on the City road allowance or boulevard (the space between the road edge and property line). Examples include sprinkler systems, walls, fences, and large trees and hedges.
While these types of enhancements may be common, they are not permitted by the City’s Road Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw, and may be in the way of planned improvements based on the option and features chosen.
In these cases we will work with the owners, providing them with appropriate advance notice if they wish to remove their features before any work takes place.
Click here for more information about the rules for boulevards.
The introduction of curb extensions and crosswalks for pedestrian safety will delineate street parking (creating “parking pockets”) and have a nominal impact on the number of available spaces. There are an estimated 646 parking stalls along Prairie from Shaughnessy to Fremont (322 on the north, 324 on the south).
We approximate that parking along the corridor would be nominally decreased for option 1 (-25) and option 2 (-7), and increased in option 3 (+52).
Construction will cause some waits and detours, but the City will work to minimize the inconvenience to drivers and corridor users. Alternate routes will be provided and scheduling will take into account peak traffic hours.
The following anticipated timeline may be affected by the option and features selected, weather and other variables.
- 2018-2019: Research and development of design concepts
- September 2019: Public consultation: open house Sept. 18, online survey Sept. 3-30
- November/December 2019: Staff report with recommendations to proceed to detail design; Council decision
- Commence Early 2020: Utility works and multiuse path construction from Fremont to Burns.
- 2021: Road works from Fremont Street to Coast Meridian Road, based on selected option and features.
- Future Years: Proposed road works from Coast Meridian Road to Shaughnessy Street, dependent on capital funding.
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