ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City is conducting a Functional Planning Study along 8 Avenue N. (between 2 Street N.W. and McKinnon Drive N.E., as well as sections of the connecting roadways of McKinnon Drive N.E. and Maunsell Close N.E.) this spring.
Based on the community’s existing and future needs, the Functional Planning Study will identify recommendations to enhance active mode infrastructure connectivity and accessibility, as well as safety for all users of the corridor. The recommendations from this study will help guide future investment in the area to achieve improved connections for active transportation network users.
Based on the analysis of technical data and stakeholder feedback gathered during public engagement, the project team will identify, develop and refine concept design options to improve active modes transportation along the corridor. Once we have a holistic understanding of the area, we can design a comprehensive strategy to support active modes of transportation and increase safety and accessibility of the corridor.
The project team has also been developing designs for low cost, small-scale spot improvements, which will be implemented this year. Improvements include wheelchair ramp and intersection upgrades, sidewalk remediation, and improved pedestrian crossings along 8 Avenue N.E. between Renfrew Drive N.E. and 16A Street N.E. This work is necessary to enhance active transportation options for those who walk, wheel, and drive in the area and will aim to complement any potential future corridor improvements.
Overall, this project will provide a plan to improve active transportation infrastructure along the 8 Avenue N. corridor and to increase safety and mobility for all road users in the area. The recommendations arising from the Functional Planning Study will provide a strategic guide for future investment in the area that aligns with the needs of the community.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Following the first round of public engagement this June, we will analyze the themes and priorities identified by the community, as captured in a What We Heard Report. A second round of engagement will take place this fall to gather feedback on proposed designs, followed by another What We Heard Report for the second phase of engagement.
The study is expected to be complete at the end of 2022 and will provide recommendations on a holistic approach to active modes improvements along 8 Avenue N. While funding has been secured to conduct this study, the construction of recommended improvements remains unfunded at this time. The City is actively pursuing potential funding sources that could be used for future implementation efforts.