Beginning Monday morning, new traffic signals will be in place at the intersection of Esquimalt and Harbour Roads.
Changes include new traffic lights at the new four-way intersection and new pedestrian crossings. Cyclists on Harbour Road will be able to activate the lights by positioning their bikes over a new bike detector (bike loop) at the intersection. New pavement markings will be in place to guide cyclists into position to activate the bike loop. New crosswalks and accessible sidewalks are also being added as well as a new extension of Harbour Road, connecting to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and future waterfront green space.
The existing Harbour Road, north of Esquimalt Road, will remain closed to vehicles as construction continues on the west side of the bridge. Cyclist and pedestrian access remains open.
A new posted speed limit of 20km/h is in place as the area remains a construction zone. Drivers can expect minor delays as the timing of traffic signals are adjusted to reflect new traffic patterns. Some sidewalk construction will continue over the coming weeks, so pedestrians should refer to signage advising of any detours.
The next phase of noticeable work will be seen on the downtown side, as the construction of the bascule pier and relocation of hydro utilities gets underway in January. The bascule pier is the part of the bridge that contains the mechanical and electrical systems that open and close the bridge for marine traffic.
Once complete, more than 50 per cent of the new bridge will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway in addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles. Three new plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the new bridge.