West 4th construction wraps in time for Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival
July 11 2013
The City of Vancouver and the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Improvement Association (BIA) celebrated the end of a six-month long construction project from Burrard to Balsam on West 4th Avenue today in time for the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival, set to kick off on Saturday, July 13.
“West 4th is open for business and is busier than ever,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With the summer in full swing, it’s a perfect time to come down to West 4th to shop at our local businesses, and the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival is a great way to celebrate the summer with a wide range of local artistic talent.”
A positive experience for pedestrians and merchants throughout construction
The City collaborated with the Kitsilano 4th Avenue BIA to ensure a positive experience for pedestrians and merchants throughout the construction project. While the BIA invested in a marketing and advertising campaign to educate and attract customers, the City worked to minimize the impact of work crews in the area.
“The shopping experience along West 4th is better than ever, and we’re very excited heading into the summer season,” said Russ Davies, CEO of the BIA. “We are pleased to have been an active partner with the City on the construction project. We all worked hard to minimize the impacts and support our businesses as much as possible. Now that it’s done, we want to get the word out about West 4th!”
Promoting 'greener' events in the city
The completion of the stretch from Burrard to Balsam comes just in time for the third annual Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival, which is expected to bring over 80,000 people to West 4th on Saturday. The City of Vancouver's Green Event Team will be partnering with the Khatsahlano festival to introduce 'recycling educators' as part of the festival's core volunteer base.
The goal is to detect how 'green' the event is. Khatsahlano is the first group the City has connected with on this pilot project.
Contributing to a healthier ecosystem with separated sewer and rainwater systems
While the primary driver of the West 4th construction project was to replace the aging combined sewer systems with separated sewer systems, the work also provided an opportunity to replace some water mains, renew water services, rebuild sidewalks, and replace pedestrian curb drops.
Construction started in January and included:
- 15 blocks of new separated storm and sanitary sewer mains
- Three blocks of new water main and service connections
- 18 blocks of road restoration and curb to curb paving
- Sidewalk and curb rehabilitation, bus pads, and wheelchair ramps