Fourteen new and upgraded crosswalks coming to Victoria in 2019

Over $1.75 million will go towards crosswalk installation and repairs

Being a pedestrian in Victoria should be a little easier in 2019.

Fourteen new or upgraded crosswalks are planned for the City, with one of the more ambitious ones being a new pedestrian and cyclist crosswalk at Blanshard Street and Kings Road.

A housing complex on one side of Blanshard, and a shopping plaza on the other has prompted the need for a crosswalk at the site, with the nearest alternative option being Blanshard Street and Hillside 210 metres to the north, or Blanshard and Bay Streets 150 metres to the south.

ALSO READ: Victoria parents push for crosswalk safety with jungle-themed paint

The crossing is estimated to cost $500,000, including design and construction.

“The project is also higher in value because it’s not what would be considered a ‘typical’ pedestrian crossing,” said Bill Eisenhauer, head of engagement at the City of Victoria.

For one thing, Eisenhauer noted, it would cross a six lane road that is separated by a centre median, so it will need a traffic signal. This will take extensive planning and construction, and also require the realignment of traffic light signals at surrounding intersections.

ALSO READ: Rainbow crosswalk, safer places for LGBTQ people in Sidney

The crossing will also be designed to accommodate pedestrians and a higher volume of cyclists, as Kings Road is part of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan Network, with lanes scheduled to be installed in 2021.

The City of Victoria has also prioritized two crosswalk projects at Gorge Road and Rock Bay Road and at Hereward Road and Wilson Street. These will be funded through the City’s crosswalk program, which has a total budget of $260,000.

In addition, the city has partnered with several other capital programs and developers to ensure the installation and upgrades of another 11 crosswalks, for a total of $1 million.

These crosswalks are located at:

  • Wharf Street at Yates Street
  • Wharf Street at Broughton Street
  • Wharf Street at Bastion Square
  • Mid-block on Humboldt at St. Ann’s Academy
  • Vancouver Street at Bay Street
  • Vancouver Street at Caledonia Avenue
  • Fort Street at Fern Street
  • Morrison Street at Fort Street
  • Fernwood Road at Denman Street
  • Fernwood Road at Johnson Street
  • Superior Street at Menzies Street

All 14 crosswalks are anticipated to be completed in 2019.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Just Posted

Man enters unlocked Saanich home with knife, sexually assaults 22-year-old

Investigation ongoing after woman sexually assaulted in Gordon Head early Sunday morning

VicPD help Esquimalt businesses avoid becoming victims of crime

Townhall meeting teaches businesses about safety and prevention

Still making a good impression: Andre-Philippe Gagnon and his cast of thousands take over Sidney

French-Canadian vocal impressionist first hit it big mimicking every singer from ‘We Are the World’

Peninsula skater scores personal best speeds to earn spot on Team BC

Kieran Brown heads for the Western Canadian Championships March 22 and 23

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

Police say the gunman in the shooting that killed 50 acted alone

B.C. First Nations’ intake of essential nutrients could drop by 31%: study

Professors project the nutrient decrease by 2050 if climate change mitigation continues as is

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Murray, 64, was elected in 2008 and served previously as a minister in B.C.’s provincial government

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor says terror likely

Utrecht police release photo of 37-year-old man born in Turkey who is ‘associated with the incident’

Facebook announces changes to political advertising to meet new federal rules

Bill C-76 bans the use of money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns

Travel expected to be slowed by fallout from fire at Toronto’s Pearson airport

All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint

Leivo nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Stars 3-2

Schaller scores first 2 goals of season for Vancouver

UBC study shows honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Scientists analyzed beehives in high density urban areas to those off on Galiano Island

Most Read