Preliminary Design Update - February 13, 2018
On February 13, the project team met with the public to share the preliminary design update for 105 Avenue Streetscape (Columbia Avenue). Participants were able to provide their feedback and speak with members of the project team about the design plan.
105 Avenue is emerging as a key corridor in the revitalization of the Downtown north edge.
In 2016, the City completed Phase 1 streetscape improvements from 116 Street to 119 Street, to help make 105 Avenue more accessible and pedestrian friendly. This construction is based on the 2013 preliminary design focused on 105 Avenue between 109 Street and 119 Street.
The 2013 preliminary design along 105 Avenue from 116 Street to 97 Street is now being refreshed as Phase 2 of the project starts. The refresh will include protected bike lanes and drainage updates. Two options for protected bike lanes were shown at the drop-in public meeting February 13, 2018. These options were:
- Two-way protected bike lane with one-way vehicle traffic and a parking lane
- One-way protected bike lane with two-way vehicle traffic
It was identified just prior to the public meeting that possible changes to Phase 1 of 105 Avenue from 116 Street to 119 Street may be needed to provide a better crossing at 116 Street for cyclists and a similar treatment for all users on 105 Avenue on both sides of 116 Street. Potential options were presented in one of the display boards at the public meeting on February 13. Any potential changes to Phase 1 will be reviewed in more detail together with comments received following the next public meeting of Phase 2 once the type and location of separated bicycle lanes between 97 Street and 116 Street is determined.
Where We Are
Phase 2 - Preliminary Design Review
The 2013 preliminary design is being refreshed. The refresh will look at the remaining portion of 105 Avenue, from 97 Street to 116 Street, with an emphasis on protected bike lanes. This also includes drainage upgrades.
Phase 1 - Construction
Streetscape improvements on 105 Avenue, from 116 Street to 119 Street, were constructed in 2016 to make the roadway more accessible and pedestrian-friendly. The improvements will be examined further after the concept design for phase 2 is approved to align 105 Avenue and provide a safe, easy to understand crossing for all street users.