West 16th Avenue Pedestrian Crosswalk Project

A new crosswalk is being added to provide a safe pedestrian connection from Wesbrook Place in south campus to Hampton Place and East Campus neighbourhoods.

The new crosswalk will be located on 16th Avenue, at Binning Road and Hampton Place.

Description

The new crosswalk is being added to provide a safe pedestrian connection from Wesbrook Place in South Campus to Hampton Place and East Campus neighbourhoods. This new pedestrian connection will connect communities on either side of W16th Avenue and will provide Hampton Place and East Campus residents with easier, more direct pedestrian access to Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

W16th Avenue is within the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's jurisdiction. As such, any work on the road must be designed in accordance to their standards and must be approved by them before a work permit can be issued. Similar to the Binning Road extension project and other W16th Avenue improvements, this project is led by UBC Properties Trust with UBC C+CP involvement to meet commitments set out in the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan. 

A Community Information Session took place on March 29 from 5 - 7pm at the Wesbrook Community Centre, with C+CP and UNA staff on hand to answer questions about the project. Scope of the information session was to share information on the design of the crosswalk and on the construction timing. Notification of crosswalk construction was provided through the UNA weekly e-newsletter and through email to all Hampton Place and Wesbrook Place stratas. 

The construction of the crosswalk marks the end of 16th Avenue road improvements identified in the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan.

Project Updates

  • June 27, 2016: The crosswalk is now open, and pedestrian activated flashing lights are fully operational.
  • June 6, 2016: The opening of the pedestrian crossing will be delayed another week or two. Once a confirmed date is known an update will be posted.
  • June 1, 2016: Tomorrow crews will be on site to complete the irrigation work related to the crossing. They will be closing a single lane of traffic, so please reduce your speeds and pay attention to traffic control signage and personnel. The work is only anticipated to take one day.
  • May 30, 2016: The opening of the pedestrian crossing has been delayed until the week of June 6th to accommodate the installation of some electrical equipment.
  • May 24, 2016: Work is nearly complete on the pedestrian crossing. The final pieces of equipment are anticipated to be installed this week, along with pavement markings, fencing, and signage. There will be some landscaping work done the week of May 30th, which will result in a single lane closure for a few days.
  • Speed limit signs: The speed limit on West 16th Avenue has been reduced from 70km/h to 50km/h along an additional 110m stretch of road to the east. As a result, the existing westbound 70km/h signs east of the crosswalk will be replaced with ‘50km/h ahead’ signs, the existing ‘50km/h ahead’ signs will be replaced with 50km/h signs leading up to the new crosswalk, and the 70km/h signs in the eastbound lane will be moved east of, and not visible from, the new crosswalk to prompt drivers of the speed change only after having passed through the crosswalk.
  • Crosswalk signage: Signs will be moved to locations that prompt drivers earlier of the upcoming traffic pattern change, and signage size will be increased.
  • Electrical work for the flashing pedestrian lights is continuing and the expected completion for the pedestrian signals is the week of May 23rd.
  • Remaining work to be completed includes fencing, the re-installation of the parks sign, pavement markings and final irrigation work.
  • The median has been lowered to improve pedestrian sightlines and visibility.
  • logs from the removed trees have been donated to the Musqueam.
  • The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of May.

Project Details

Here are the project details:

  • Pedestrian activated flashing lights will be installed at either end of the crosswalk and at the median.
    • These lights will operate as two separate signals for eastbound and westbound traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will activate the signals two times when crossing 16th Avenue: once on the approach to 16th Avenue (east or westbound) and once in the median.  
    • Two sets of lights are included in the design to:
      • maximize safety
      • minimize the impact on the surrounding landscape (no requirement to further remove green space on the median)
      • reduce the impact to traffic flow and potential driver confusion if lights are flashing with no pedestrian or cyclist crossing
  • The median separating the eastbound and westbound lanes will be made level to the street to create safe sightlines for drivers and improve visibility of pedestrians and cyclists as well as accessibility. This will require the removal of some trees located within the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's road right-of-way.
  • Improvements to standardize the 16th Avenue entrance and exit to Hampton Place will include removal of the median island and introduction of a new stop sign.
  • Existing pathway connections on each side of 16th Avenue will also be realigned to better connect with the crossing and reflect pedestrian and cyclist travel patterns. 

Timeline

Construction began on Monday, April 4th, and will continue for 4 to 6 weeks.

Work will take place during approved construction working hours of 7:30am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday. Once details of the construction schedule are finalized, this web page will be updated along with any planned disruptions to the community. 

Design Process

16th Avenue is within the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's jurisdiction. As such, any work on the road must be designed in accordance to their standards and must be approved by them before a work permit can be issued. Similar to the Binning Road extension project and other 16th Avenue improvements, this project is led by UBC Properties Trust with UBC C+CP involvement to meet commitments set out in the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan

If you have questions please contact Krista Falkner at 604-827-1552 or krista.falkner@ubc.ca.