Five streets - designing for connectivity

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The City of Waterloo is undertaking a project to redesign five key streets which provide direct connections to ION stations in Waterloo. Help us make these spaces places that you want to explore and use.

These improvements were recommended in the 2017 City of Waterloo station area plans and will focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist access and connectivity as well as streetscape improvements.



Project update:

Public consultation has been an important part of this project and input was used to inform the final design. Thank you to everyone who live, work and play along or around these corridors for participating in one of our face-to-face engagement opportunities or who completed our online survey here. The pandemic had an impact on the project in 2020, however WSP has advanced the designs based on existing constraints and feedback and we are on track to tender the work. We have also decided to combine this work with the Farmer's Market Trail Stage 2 work for efficiencies and potential cost savings. This project will go to council again in spring 2021 to award the construction tender. Construction will begin thereafter, in the spring 2021.


The following is an overview of each of the five streets that are being redesigned:





This project is reflected in our 2019-2022 strategic plan, specifically: Improve all modes of transportation to make Waterloo more mobile, accessible and connected. To learn more about our strategic plan, visit waterloo.ca/strategicplan.

The City of Waterloo is undertaking a project to redesign five key streets which provide direct connections to ION stations in Waterloo. Help us make these spaces places that you want to explore and use.

These improvements were recommended in the 2017 City of Waterloo station area plans and will focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist access and connectivity as well as streetscape improvements.



Project update:

Public consultation has been an important part of this project and input was used to inform the final design. Thank you to everyone who live, work and play along or around these corridors for participating in one of our face-to-face engagement opportunities or who completed our online survey here. The pandemic had an impact on the project in 2020, however WSP has advanced the designs based on existing constraints and feedback and we are on track to tender the work. We have also decided to combine this work with the Farmer's Market Trail Stage 2 work for efficiencies and potential cost savings. This project will go to council again in spring 2021 to award the construction tender. Construction will begin thereafter, in the spring 2021.


The following is an overview of each of the five streets that are being redesigned:





This project is reflected in our 2019-2022 strategic plan, specifically: Improve all modes of transportation to make Waterloo more mobile, accessible and connected. To learn more about our strategic plan, visit waterloo.ca/strategicplan.

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Better streetscape... more sophisticated!

daniel_kryz 7 days ago

I like the increase in active transport options, especially where it is lacking (Conestoga Road). All of these are an improvement in my mind, as they should also slow down all those speeding cars. I think that redoing Seagram Drive is a waste of money, as it has relatively new asphalt & pavement markings. That money would be better used on a road that actually needs work. Albert Street between University & Columbia has been repaved multiple times, due to construction, yet Albert St. from Columbia to Phillip is a mess. That money would be better spent either resurfacing that stretch of Albert or better still a bit of a redesign on that section. Nothing outrageous, perhaps one lane each direction with a turn lane up the middle & bike lanes on either side. Much better use of taxpayers money than resurfacing another area near that does NOT need it.

62enviro 2 months ago

More bike lanes that no one will use! Complete waste of money!

JoLogicCommonSense 3 months ago

Conestoga Rd:
Need a crossing at Bauer Pl. Making people walk an extra 500 meters is not acceptable, this is important.
Improvements should continue North of Northfield on Colby Dr.
Improve infra on Kraus Dr.
The King/Conestoga Intersection needs huge improvement for active transportation.
Improve roundabouts at Conestoga/Kraus and Davenport/Old Abbey for active transportation.

Hazel:
My Biggest concern here is around illegal parking. You can paint bike lanes, but they will be filled with illegally parked cars 100% of the time unless there is physical protection. Enforcement will do nothing.
Also, a safe connection is needed between Hazel and Phillip, a short MUT on Albert would achieve this, but intersections need consideration as well.

Phillip:
If there is room for a buffer, there is room for bollards.
Lanes are currently narrow south of Columbia, and have illegally parked vehicles frequently.
Crossings should be marked as PXOs to give peds the right of way.

Frank Tompa Dr.
It’s hard to improve, the vast swaths of parking will always be unpleasant. Biggest improvements here are that buildings should have more direct connections to the trail, many only have access to their parking lots, and peds must walk across grass, through driveways, and around the buildings to get in. Even EVOLV1 is terrible here!

Seagram:
This is already fantastic, great improvement, especially great job trying to make the end of the street better where the bike lanes disappear, moving to protected is great, really good job whoever thought of this.
Two small suggestions:
Bollards, there is room for bollards so put them in, there is frequent illegal parking, and in the curve, vehicles enter the bike lane.
Signage and direction at Albert, the bike lanes on Seagram are great, but they kind of just die, need to facilitate connections here.

Other:
Why no improvements at Northfield Station? Kumpf Dr and Randall Dr are begging for improvements, crossings need improvements. And Weber needs a MUT to access Parkside and Weber...bike lanes are terrible (but put bollards in those bike lanes as well).

danbrotherston over 1 year ago