We’re upgrading critical sewer infrastructure along sections of Nanaimo Street between McGill Street and 4th Avenue.
Work includes replacing the sewer with a separated and larger-capacity system, with one pipe for rainwater runoff and another pipe for sanitary sewer. The new sewer will have a life expectancy of 100 years to help serve this growing neighbourhood.
In coordination with these sewer upgrades, there's also an opportunity to improve Nanaimo Street to make it safer and more comfortable for everyone.
We are working towards the Province of BC's environmental goal to eliminate sewage overflows by 2050.
Construction is underway at various locations to replace the existing sewer main and improve the street.
At least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during this work.
Nanaimo is an arterial street, truck and bus route, and provides an important connection to local neighbourhoods. Many of the proposed improvements were informed through the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan and previous community feedback as part of making Nanaimo a more complete street.
These recommended improvements include:
- Removing a travel lane, where excess vehicle capacity exists, between 2nd Ave and Pandora St
- This would reduce crossing distances for people walking, discourage speeding, and create a more comfortable experience on the street.
- Upgrading pedestrian crossings at 10 key intersections
- Installing a painted bike lane and making improvements for people cycling at key intersections to reduce conflicts with vehicles
- Adding new left-turn lanes down the centre of the street with new centre medians where possible
- Upgrading traffic signals at five key intersections
- Repaving the street surface
- Repairing sidewalks where needed
A street designed for everyone! This means a thoughtful design that:
- Ensures people of all ages and abilities can access homes and businesses
- Improves comfort and safety, especially for those walking, cycling, or taking transit
- Supports the movement of goods, services, and emergency vehicles
- Aims to enhance public life and make streets inviting spaces
- Considers green space, such as street trees and community gardens
- Explores opportunities for flexible design so streets can be adapted for special events, celebrations, and emerging technologies
- Explores opportunities to integrate sustainable design, such as rainwater management
- Fits with the neighbourhood context – no one-size-fits-all approach
Nanaimo St, from McGill St to 4th Ave
February 2019 to spring 2020
Monday to Friday: 7am to 5pm, extended hours as needed
Weekends: as needed
Late October 2018
Community notified about upcoming construction with opportunity to provide feedback on potential street improvements
November 13, 2018
Opportunity for public to provide feedback on potential street design
Street design refined based on public feedback
Construction begins for sewer separation
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