UPDATE: Council unanimously approved going ahead with Promenade Phase 4 Design
At our Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services (EICS) Committee meeting on May 12, staff presented to us an overview of the Elgin Promenade project.
The staff report (CW-02-20 Elgin Promenade Phase 4 Design) and presentation (CW 02-20 staff presentation – Elgin Promenade Phase 4) included the proposed conceptual design of Phase 4 and associated transportation-related aspects: crosswalk connections along this new multi-use pathway and surface parking within the project’s boundary.
The Elgin Promenade serves as a pedestrian and cycling corridor that extends from Brant Street to Martha Street connecting the downtown core to the Centennial Multi-Use Pathway that extends to Burloak Drive. The design and implementation of this multi-use pathway has been separated out into various phases as listed below:
|Phase One||Elizabeth Street to Pearl Street||June 2017 – open for use|
|Phase Two||John Street to Elizabeth Street||June 2018 – open for use|
|Phase Three||Brant Street to John Street||June 2018 – open for use|
|Phase Four||Pearl Street to Martha Street||Spring 2021|
To help the City and staff get a sense of the current use of the promenade, a pedestrian counter was installed along it at John Street from Oct. 25, 2019- Dec. 2, 2019. The data showed approximately 346 people per day which is significant number of users, especially in the off-season with less-favourable weather. A second pedestrian counter was also installed for all of 2019 at Martha Street and the Centennial Multi-Use Trail that’s located beside the east end of the Elgin Promenade. The 2019 daily average count for 12 months at this location was 688 people.
The final phase of the Elgin Promenade connects Pearl Street to Martha Street, and staff are recommending the construction of a 4-metre wide pedestrian area that is uninterrupted by cars (except at intersecting streets). The design will include a 3.6 m clear path of travel for safe movement of pedestrian and cyclists adhering to City of Burlington Accessibility Design Standards.
Preliminary design illustrations of Phase 4 are provided in Appendix B of the staff report (linked above). The design and materials used will be consistent with the rest of the walkway, such as lighting, bollards and pavements. Where there is enough space and area clear of utilities, new trees will be planted. Where possible, the design will take all opportunity to expand the use from mobility to incorporate destination areas for resting and outdoor gathering.
The illustrations in Appendix B show approximately 60% design completion.
EICS Committee unanimously approved to carry the staff recommendation to Council for final ratification at the May 25 meeting.
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I’m quite excited to see this project moving forward. It’s been one that’s spanned all three of my terms on Council. What staff has put before us is spectacular — it will create a very welcoming gateway to the downtown, provide that connection we’re looking for and fulfill our commitment to active transportation.
— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
- Staff Report-CW-02-20 Elgin Promenade Phase 4 Design
- CW 02-20 staff presentation – Elgin Promenade Phase 4
- Construction of Elgin Promenade from Martha to Brant St continues with work in Brant St lot; trail completion expected in 2019
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist