Friday, July 19, 2024

Victoria wants to know residents’ opinions on six upcoming major road upgrades


Victoria is in the process of upgrading several major roadways throughout the city and now the city is asking for the public’s opinion on what they should, or shouldn’t, include on these corridors. 

There are six future projects the city has its eyes on that still need public engagement and six that are currently underway which went through a similar public engagement phase of development as well.

“We want to hear from the public about their experiences on these streets and how we can make safety and comfort improvements,” said Mayor Marianne Alto. 

“Whether you walk, roll, bike, take the bus or drive, your input can help shape designs.”

The six projects the city hopes to be able to take on in 2024 are:

  • Bay Street from Tyee Road to Rock Bay Avenue
  • Caledonia Avenue from Government Street to Chambers Street
  • Cook Street from Tolmie Avenue to Haultain Street
  • Pine Street from Craigflower Road to Dominion Road, plus a section on Hereward Road
  • Selkirk Avenue from Arm Street to Styles Street
  • Tolmie Avenue from Douglas Street to Jackson Street
(City of Victoria)

Each of these designated corridors currently has aging infrastructure which needs to be replaced. 

While the underground pipes, light standards, paving and traffic signals are being revamped, the city wants to add anything else that may be appreciated by the people who travel these routes every day. 

“By coordinating road safety upgrades with essential maintenance work, we can minimize overall construction impacts for residents and commuters,” said William Doyle, Acting Director of Engineering and Public Works. 

“This approach also reduces total costs and provides the best value for our investments as we continue to make it safer for everyone to get around.”

The City of Victoria would like to hear as much feedback as possible to help guide their decisions, but input must be submitted by October 10th at the latest. 

Input can be provided through survey, a Q&A forum and an interactive map tool on the city’s online engagement platform.

There will also be four drop-in events held in September regarding these roadway upgrades.

Curtis Blandy

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