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10th Avenue Corridor Project: Health Precinct Street Improvements

As a growing number of people walk, cycle, and drive along 10th Avenue, the experience for all road users has declined. To address safety concerns, the City began engaging the public on potential improvements for this corridor in 2015. Staff worked collaboratively with local stakeholders and facility users to ensure a final design that prioritizes patient access, enhances pedestrian safety, and supports critical hospital functions.

Construction of the safety improvements will take place in two phases, starting with the highest priority changes. Phase one will include upgrades from Oak to Willow Street, with minor changes also planned between Cambie and Ash Street. We’ll provide updates to residents, businesses, and other health precinct stakeholders during construction.

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What's happening

The street improvements are mostly complete. Minor work continues to install finishing touches such as wayfinding signage and benches.

10th Ave is open to two-way vehicle traffic from Ash St to Oak St, with two-way access maintained for people walking and cycling.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones to create and deliver these safety upgrades.

  • Summer 2015

    Phase 1: Ideas and information

    Collect feedback at open houses and stakeholder meetings to help identify challenges and opportunities

  • Fall 2015 to
    fall 2016

    Phase 2: Design Options

    Launch the public consultation process, identify ideas, interests, and opportunities in the planning area, and prepare emerging area plan directions

  • Fall 2016

    Phase 3: Recommendations

    Refine the design based on Phase 2 feedback and present recommended designs at open houses and stakeholder meetings

  • May 2017

    Present final recommended design to Council for approval

  • Fall 2017

    Start Phase 1 construction of key safety improvements

  • We are here
  • 2018

    Monitor safety improvements with 10th Ave Health Precinct Evaluation Committee and make spot improvements as required

  • 2019

    Start construction of Phase 2 recommendations

Project details


  • 10th Avenue, from Oak Street to Willow Street
  • 10th Avenue, from Ash Street to Cambie Street

Expected duration – phase 1 of 2

  • Start: Fall 2017
  • End: Summer 2018 - substantially complete

Hours of work

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00am to 5:30pm
  • Weekends as needed

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Construction communication resources

Find communication resources to help your clients plan their commute during construction on 10th Avenue.

Past updates

Consultation process and documents

Read about our consultation process to upgrade the 10th Avenue Corridor, view open house displays, and read the Council report  (11.46 MB) that includes the final recommended design from Oak St to Cambie St.

Key issues for the Health Precinct

We are committed to ongoing improvements and issue resolution. A 10th Ave Health Precinct Evaluation Committee will evaluate the project’s impacts following implementation and recommend spot improvements.  

Maintain safe and convenient patient access to hospital and health services

Improve safety for pedestrians

Provide parking near health services

Plan for future hospital uses

Improve cycling routes

Minimize impacts to street trees

What's changed for the Health Precinct

Following the public open houses in November, we undertook a joint review of the Health Precinct with Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Cancer Agency, and Provincial Health Services Authority to further improve accessibility. The additional changes made to the plans since November include:

  • Maintaining two-way vehicular travel on 10th Ave west of Ash St (previous proposal was west of Willow St) 
  • Maintaining vehicle travel on Heather St between 10th Ave and Broadway
  • Providing on-street disability parking spaces where needed
  • Through statutory right-of-ways, realigning the sidewalk and bike lanes to accommodate two-way vehicle travel, retain some:
    • On-street disability parking 
    • Mature trees 
  • Recommendation to improve the Off-Broadway bike route on 7th Ave by:
    • Creating a new north-south bike route west of Oak
    • Formalizing the parallel route on 14th Ave to provide attractive alternatives for people travelling through the area