Transportation Capital Project Highlights 2021

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Transportation - Capital Projects Highlights 2021

Thank you for dropping by. While the active Q&A tool of this project ran April 29 to May 30, 2021, the pages can still be viewed. If you have any questions, contact information is provided in the story map.

To learn about Transportation capital projects, click on the image above or visit the Transportation Story Map (external link.)

Watch this short video (just over 1 minute) for tips on navigating in the map "Getting Started" video (external link.)



Transportation - Capital Projects Highlights 2021

Thank you for dropping by. While the active Q&A tool of this project ran April 29 to May 30, 2021, the pages can still be viewed. If you have any questions, contact information is provided in the story map.

To learn about Transportation capital projects, click on the image above or visit the Transportation Story Map (external link.)

Watch this short video (just over 1 minute) for tips on navigating in the map "Getting Started" video (external link.)

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    Re: the stamped asphalt sidewalks. I very much like the stamped repairs because they are softer underfoot. However, it isn't necessary to paint these sections. When I first saw a painted area, I thought some misguided homeowner had done it, thinking it was an improvement. Old pavement and old concrete are very much the same colour, so you could just let the stamped sections naturally fade to grey.

    Terraone asked 24 days ago

    Thank you for your comment.

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    On the north side of the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and No. 3 Road there is a Hedge that has overgrown and spills over onto the side walk thus reducing the width of the sidewalk by about 1/3, which makes it difficult to walk two abreast and definitely not COVID-19 protocol safe. However, more importantly this hedge interferes with the sight lines for vehicles wanting to turn either north or south on No. 3 Road. One almost has to edge the nose of their vehicle into oncoming southbound traffic in order to get a good look northward at vehicles speeding southward down No. 3 Road. Can the city remove or trim back this cedar hedge as it does appear to be totally on city property ie. it is completely on the No. 3 Road side of the property line fence/s.

    via asked 24 days ago

    Thanks for letting us know.  The City will review the sightlines at this intersection and arrange to have the portion of the hedge on City property trimmed back as necessary.

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    Will you consider adding speed bumps at each end of laneways that cross sidewalks on Bayview and Moncton streets? Many near collisions with sidewalk pedestrians occur from drivers going too fast through the laneway.

    renneberg asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. Transportation staff will review your request. Typically, requests for traffic calming measures require the collection of traffic volume, speed and crash data, and any other traffic related information over a period of time. Other factors to be considered are the effectiveness, sustainability and practicality for the existing conditions, and hindrance to emergency vehicles and the cost.

    Also, we all need to take into consideration, the other rules and laws that are in place. When receiving a BC Driver's License, drivers are taught that it is always the driver’s responsibility to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Drivers must yield to pedestrians when entering a road from a driveway or alley, as well as in marked crosswalks, at intersections (pedestrians near your half of the road still have the right-of-way even when there is no marked crosswalk), and when turning. If possible, crossing pedestrians are encouraged to make eye-contact with drivers before proceeding.

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    Can you consider installing trafic light without crossing button?

    Kang asked 27 days ago

    Thank you for you inquiry. Richmond’s traffic signal network is programmed to activate the “walk” light automatically at most major intersections during morning and evening rush hours in the main direction of traffic flow.  Outside of these parameters, there is unlikely to be continuous pedestrian demand and we therefore do not activate the “walk” automatically.  Having the pedestrian walk phase active every signal cycle would result in unnecessary delay for cross traffic since an activated “walk” light must go through it’s full programmed “walk” and flashing “don’t walk” time, which is typically 25-30 seconds depending on the crossing distance.  While the full programmed “walk” and flashing “don’t walk” time would always occur when a pedestrian pushes a walk button, this time would not be required when there are no pedestrians present and would be much longer than the time needed to clear a small number of vehicles.  This extra time could instead be used to serve the waiting cross traffic, thereby improving traffic flow and efficiency. 

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has temporarily implemented automatic pedestrian recalls at many heavily used pedestrian crossings, particularly within City Centre and along the Railway Avenue corridor.  At these locations, it is not necessary for pedestrians to press the pedestrian pushbutton to activate a walk phase as the display is programmed to come up automatically every cycle.

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    Are there any plans to put in Bus Stop pullout (Bus Bay) along Steveston Hwy just opposite the Bus Depot or Bus Transit Centre? I have found that Buses stop both on the Eastward and Westward side of Steveston Hwy opposite the Bus Transit Centre for more than just picking up passengers. It seems that Drivers take a rest break and/or also possibly a shift change, and leave the Buses blocking one lane of traffic. This section of Steveston Hwy is very busy especially during rush hours and having a Bus stop along this section leads to more traffic congestion and potential for an accident as traffic converges into one lane.

    via asked 26 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. The City is aware of this issue and is working with Coast Mountain Bus Company to develop a solution.  Both the City’s Official Community Plan and TransLink’s regional Major Bikeway Network identify Steveston Highway as a planned major street bike route in this area.  Therefore, a comprehensive review of the section is being undertaken to determine how best to accommodate the needs of different modes of transportation within the existing road right-of-way.

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    Would it be possible to add some speed bumps to Minoru Blvd between Granville and Blundell? There is a school and a pedestrian crossing but drivers often use it to bypass No.3 rd which has resulted in some speeding and near-misses as well as not great sightlines for cars leaving driveways of residential buildings as they have to maneuver into on-coming traffic.

    Dappergiraffe asked 27 days ago

    Thanks for your inquiry. Transportation staff will review your request. Typically, requests for traffic calming measures require the collection of traffic volume, speed and crash data, and any other traffic related information over a period of time. Other factors to be considered are the effectiveness, sustainability and practicality for the existing conditions, hindrance to emergency vehicles, and the cost.

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    moving north south by bike with kids is geting safer and more acheivable with the railway greenway, shell road and now the extension of the MUP next to two road. However getting across the city east west is still problematic. Is there any future plans for seprated infrastrucure along williams, granville, cambie etc. For example to ride to the minoru area from steveston one can ride the greenway to granville but are then forced to coexist with 2 lanes of hihg speed traffic to get to minoru and city hall. Same applies riding form Steveston to McNair on williams. As a follow up - Is there a map detailing where seperated infrastrucre is planned along with projected timelines beyond 2021.

    Jeremyhopwood asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your feedback. The City’s Official Community Plan identifies policies to upgrade existing painted bike lanes to provide physical protection from adjacent vehicles where feasible. These projects are implemented as part of the annual capital plan process. A staff report to be presented at the May 18, 2021 meeting of the City’s Public Works & Transportation Committee outlines recently completed and planned upgrades plus, as a proposed cost-share project with TransLink, recommends the installation of delineators along both sides of Granville Avenue between Garden City Road and Railway Avenue. The prioritized implementation of upgrades to existing painted bike lanes beyond 2021 will be identified as part of the update of the Cycling Network Plan, which is currently underway as described in a staff report to be presented at the May 18, 2021 meeting of the City’s Public Works & Transportation Committee. To learn more about both initiatives, please review the upcoming Committee agenda (External link).

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    Westminster MUP from 6 road to 7 Road (and a little bit beyond) has bad sight lines with the hidden driveways. Is there any consideration for this to be updated in the coming years?

    Jeremyhopwood asked about 1 month ago

    We're glad you asked. The reconstruction of the Westminster Highway multi-use pathway (MUP) between No. 6 Road and No. 7 Road is an approved capital project that will be undertaken later this year. 

    The work will include physical protection from the roadway to prevent motorists from parking on the pathway and added pavement markings at driveways to raise awareness to motorists that cyclists may be crossing.

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    Regarding Arterial Road & Crosswalk Improvement Programs with the special crosswalks is there any consideration being made to update this standard to have them at grade with the sidewalk making them more accessible and also as a traffic calming measure especially on arterial roads. Example crosswalk on Moncton between Bayview and Hayashi

    Jeremyhopwood asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your question. The provision of a raised crosswalk is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is one potential tool to manage motorists’ speed and enhance pedestrian crossings along arterial roads, while taking other factors into consideration including mobility, emergency services response, network connectivity, goods movement, posted speed limits, traffic safety, and traffic operations. 

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    Will the city be changing the signage along bike lanes (like on Granville) from “no stopping” to “no parking”? These lanes are constantly being blocked by delivery vehicles, moving vans, etc - and this creates hazards for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

    CanadianChick asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Revising the signage as you suggest is a possible measure to deter motorists from parking in bike lanes but would require on-going enforcement.  A more effective solution is the upgrade of painted bike lanes to include physical protection from adjacent vehicles that also prevents vehicle encroachment into the bike lane. These projects are implemented as part of the annual capital plan process. A staff report to be presented at the May 18, 2021 meeting of the City’s Public Works & Transportation Committee outlines recently completed and planned upgrades plus, as a proposed cost-share project with TransLink, recommends the installation of delineators along both sides of Granville Avenue between Garden City Road and Railway Avenue. To learn more, please review the upcoming Committee agenda.