Construction of Prairie Avenue Improvements to Begin This Year

PORT COQUITLAM, BC – Apr. 9, 2020… Major pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements are coming to Prairie Avenue, starting with the section from Coast Meridian Road to Fremont Street.

Tuesday night, Council approved the concept design for upgrades to three kilometres of Prairie Avenue between Shaughnessy and Fremont Streets that will include wider sidewalks, street trees, curb extensions, crosswalks, lighting and roundabouts. The project will also include construction of a three-kilometre multi-use path from Shaughnessy Street to Burns Road.

Utility works are starting later this Spring to prepare for construction next year in the section between Coast Meridian Road and Fremont Street.

“These improvements on the north side are long overdue and have been a priority for both the community and Council,” Mayor Brad West said. “While we remained focused on continuing our city’s robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re carrying on with the work of our city and making positive improvements for our residents.”

Based on the design informed by community input last September, the project will maintain the two existing travel lanes and significantly improve a critical connector for residents and businesses on the north side that typically sees more than 13,000 cars a day.

Improvements will include:

  • Parking pockets and curb extensions located strategically on both sides of the road at crosswalks and in areas with high pedestrian traffic,
  • A flashing beacon at the Vincent Street crosswalk,
  • A total of three kilometres of landscaped boulevards, both with and without trees,
  • 8 kilometres of new sidewalk on the south side, and
  • Roundabouts at Newberry, York and Fremont Streets.

In conjunction with the roadwork next year east of Coast Meridian Road, construction is also anticipated to start on the eastern portion of the multi-use path that will eventually stretch from Shaughnessy Street to Burns Road. The timing for the trail is pending provincial environmental approvals related to a waterway near the site between Fremont and Burns.

Upgrades for the section between Shaughnessy Street and Coast Meridian will be considered for the 2022-2023 Capital Program.

Three options with a variety of configurations were presented to the public for feedback in September. The approved concept design is based on a fourth option that reflects public feedback and traffic analysis data.

In addition to enhancing safety and function, the improvements are intended to support the beautification and future redevelopment of the northside business area.

“We’re excited to be bringing these enhancements to the north side, both to support the businesses and the residents of the area,” said Cllr. Dean Washington, Council’s designate for budget and infrastructure. “Residents in the area can expect some disruption during the utility works and construction, and we thank you in advance for your patience. The result will be a signature corridor that will benefit the immediate neighbourhood and the entire north side.”

As with all construction work taking place in Port Coquitlam, strict provisions will be in place to ensure workers are following all public health requirements, which differ slightly for construction sites and essential services than those for the public. The city is closely monitoring updates provided by health authorities and will take any necessary action directed by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

For more information about the project, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/prairie.

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