(District of Saanich)

Phase two of the Shelbourne Street Improvements Project is set to begin next week, from North Dairy Road to Elm Street. 

The District of Saanich project will see the addition of the new UVic bike connector among many other active transportation and infrastructure upgrades, including protected cycle tracks and underground utilities.

The UVic bike connector upgrade will aim to make the cycling connection between Shelbourne and the university safer, more comfortable and efficient.

Other improvements include: 

  •         replacement of underground utility infrastructure (water, sewer, storm drainage)
  •         new northbound and southbound separated cycle tracks from North Dairy Road to Pear Street
  •         new raised multi-use path on Derby Avenue connecting Shelbourne Street to the Bowker Creek greenway at Browning Street
  •         traffic signal upgrades at intersections of Shelbourne Street at North Dairy Road, McRae Avenue, Cedar Avenue and Pear Street
  •         new pedestrian and cyclist activated traffic signals at intersections of Shelbourne Street at Knight Avenue and Derby Avenue
  •         all intersections upgraded to improve crossings for pedestrians and cyclists;
  •         full road repaving
  •         new highly visible reflective road markings and embedded pavement reflectors;
  •         replacement of all Shelbourne Street sidewalks
  •         new and upgraded sidewalks on McRae Avenue from Shelbourne Street to Keats Street
  •         improved roadway lighting
  •         new street trees and landscaping
  •         improved bus stops with new shelters and lighting
  •         new street furniture including bike locking posts, waste receptacles and benches.

 “With the positive feedback on the first phase, it’s exciting to see the next phase of this major project get underway,” said Mayor Fred Haynes. 

“Residents, businesses and commuters will all benefit from the improvements we’re making on this important, busy corridor.”

According to the District of Saanich, completion of this phase is expected to take approximately 24 months. 

Phase three will begin in 2024. 

Residents and businesses near the area have been notified of any construction impacts. 

You can stay up to date on construction and traffic disruption information on the District of Saanich’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

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