10th Ave - Segment 3, Hospital Zone (Alder St to Cambie St)

The many health care providers in this area, including Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency, make this a busy regional destination.

Patient safety is a top priority in this segment, as well as accommodating high vehicle volumes, loading access, accessibility for people with limited mobility or vision, bike access, and the street’s tree canopy.

As a growing number of people walk, cycle, and drive along this segment, the experience for all road users has declined. To address safety concerns, we've engaged with the public and worked collaboratively with local stakeholders and facility to ensure that the final design prioritizes patient access, enhances pedestrian safety, and supports critical hospital functions.

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Key objectives

  • Maintain safe and convenient patient access to the 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 happening

Phase 1 (Oak St to Willow St)

The first phase, which included completion of the Hospital zone signage and pavement markings, is now complete.

The work of the 10th Ave Evaluation Commitee, formed in 2018 to collaborate with City staff to review the performance of the phase 1 street improvements, is also complete.

View the final evaluation committee report (5 MB)

Phase 2 (Willow St to Cambie St) construction

A design consultant is currently developing the final details of the Phase 2 design based on the design concept approved by Council May 17, 2017. 

The learnings from the collabortion with the 10th Ave Evaluation Committee on phase 1 will inform the design for phase 2. 

The detailed design is expected to be complete in winter 2019, and an external contractor will be retained at the beginning of 2020. 

Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and will run through until December 2020.

As construction planning evolves, we will continue to work with local stakeholders to minimize traffic impacts for patients and health services during construction, drawing from lessons learned in the first phase of construction.

Project details

Phase 1

  • Location: 10th Ave, from Oak St to Willow St
  • Construction duration: Fall 2017 to summer 2018

Phase 2

  • Location: 10th Ave, from Willow St to Cambie St
  • Expected construction duration: Early 2020 to December 2020
  • Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5:30pm, and weekends as needed

Conceptual design drawings

The conceptual design drawings were approved by Council on May 17, 2017.


Here is our progress and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer 2015

    Project launch

  • Fall 2015

    Listen and learn open houses

  • April 2016

    Open houses: Design options

  • July and October 2016

    Accessibility working group sessions

  • November 2016

    Open hosues: Recommended designs

  • December 2016 to March 2017

    Joint review with health care stakeholders

  • May 2017

    Council approval of final design and recommendation to form Evaluation Committee

  • Fall 2017

    Start of phase 1 (Oak St to Willow St) construction

  • April 2018

    Evaluation Committee meeting

  • October 2018

    Evaluation Committee guided visit

  • November 2018

    Start of collaboration with UBC/SFU to study interactions of crossing pedestrians and people driving or cycling in the 10th Ave Hospital Zone

  • April 2019

    Evaluation Committee meeting

  • June 2019

    Final Evaluation Committee meeting and report on findings

  • Summer-fall 2019

    Detailed design for phase 2 (Willow St to Cambie St)

  • We are here
  • 2020

    Construction of phase 2 (Willow St to Cambie St)

Key issues for the Hospital Zone

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

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