More pedestrian spaces, improved lighting and even different amenities like benches and bus shelters are part of what a renewed Jasper Avenue will look like when construction begins in 2019. You can get a chance to see a sneak peek of the finished product before city council gets its formal preview this spring.
Planners have taken your input and modified the proposal from the earlier draft of what the streetscape will look like from 109 Street to 124 Street.
Changes were made after public suggestions. “We got feedback from businesses and residents that we need to maintain a certain amount of traffic lanes for cross streets,” said Satya Gadidasu, the Imagine Jasper Avenue project lead. “Especially for 111 (Street) and 112 (Street), because traffic is heavy due to the existing offices and retail spaces.”
“The crossing distance for pedestrians will be less than what it is today, but it will be slightly more than what we showed in the draft.”
Other ideas they started out with are gone, like how at 110 Street they were going to have bikes and pedestrians together. “We segregated them so cyclists have their own dedicated space as well as pedestrians get their own space so they’re not on the same elevation so they don’t have interaction.”
This new look for Jasper will have medians down the centre of the avenue, between 117 Street and 124 Street, to make it safer for pedestrians, since that is the widest traffic area along the avenue.
The drop-in session at Oliver School (10227 118 St.) will also have a display nearby. “We are trying to do a small temporary mock-up on the pedestrian space,” Gadidasu said. “So the public can have an idea of how it’ll look like once the avenue opens up.”
Is it too late to come up with a new idea? Maybe, Gadidasu said, because they are at the end of the process, and construction will have to start soon, which means arranging the materials and equipment. “For drastic ideas it might be too late because we are at the end of the concept (stage) and we have the vision and guiding principles to lean on,” he said.
“I can’t guarantee we’ll be 100 per cent open to all the ideas, but we will try to understand how it fits into the vision and the principles.”
The session runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Once council adopts the final proposal, construction will begin in 2019 and should take at least three years, Gadidasu said.