Parking, traffic impacts expected as Fort Street bike lane construction begins
Concept art for the Fort Street bike lane in Victoria. (City of Victoria)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:22PM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:25PM PDT
The city says parking will likely be affected when construction begins on new bike lanes in downtown Victoria later this month.
Crews will begin underground work Sept. 25 on the two-way protected bike lane, which will stretch from Wharf Street to Cook Street on the north side of Fort.
While the city says access to businesses, homes and driveways will be maintained, some parking may be impacted during construction – which is expected to last until the lanes open in Spring 2018.
“Loading and accessible parking options will be provided and maintained throughout the duration of the construction,” the city said in a letter sent to affected business owners and residents.
Disruptions will include bus stop relocations, temporary parking restrictions and temporarily reduced travel lanes.
Underground work on storm drain and sewer maintenance and drinking water upgrades will also require excavation and digging.
The city said it plans to limit construction throughout November and December to accommodate the busy holiday shopping season.
While the start date for construction is just under two weeks away, the city has not yet awarded a contract for the project.
Fort Street is the second major bike lane project in downtown Victoria.
The first, a two-way protected lane along Pandora Avenue from Cook Street to Store Street, opened in May of this year after construction began in October 2016.
It’s all part of the city’s Biketoria project, which will see the construction of 25 kilometres of an “all ages and abilities” network of bike lanes across the city by 2022.