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Work has begun to resurface New Street from Guelph to Walkers; vehicular lanes restored after end of bike lane pilot project

Press Release — Following the end of the New Street bike lane pilot project, work to resurface New Street from Guelph Line to Walkers Line is now underway and will be finished in mid-May.

In 2016, the City of Burlington began a one-year pilot on a section of New Street between Walkers Line and Guelph Line, reducing the number of lanes from four to three with buffered bike lanes. In December 2017, City Council approved a staff report to convert the existing bike lane pilot project on New Street between Guelph Line and Walkers Line back to the original four-lane configuration.

As part of the staff report about the pilot, City Council approved a recommendation to add cycle tracks on New Street between Guelph Line and Burloak Drive for consideration in the 2019 capital budget, subject to receiving provincial and/or federal government funding. Cycle tracks are physically separated from vehicle lanes, most commonly by the curb.

Quick Facts

  • Prior to the resurfacing, work to repair a significant storm sewer failure east of Guelph Line will be completed.
  • The total time estimated for the repair work and resurfacing is about eight weeks. 
  • There is no cost to revert New Street to four lanes. The stretch of New Street between Guelph Line and Walkers Line was scheduled to be resurfaced in 2017 as part of the city’s capital budget.

Links and Resources

Website information
Burlington’s Cycling Plan
Related report and webcast


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  1. The “mistake by the lake” just moved inland. Whoever proposed the lane reduction should be sent to a warmer climate; what a total waste of tax payers money!

    • And that’s not counting all the speed bumps that were installed adjacent to this section of New St. to “dissuade” (unsuccessfully) traffic from using arteries such as Spruce. This experiment was the disaster that City Hall was told it would be before t hey decided to pander to the cycling lobby.

  2. Lets stop playing around pandering to a few cyclists on one of our major arteries New Street between Guelph Line all the way into Oakville. Despite what this council thinks, its NOT going to be able to legislate cars off the streets of Burlington. As well, despite putting bike lanes here, there & everywhere, (Brant Street a prime example), cyclists STILL insist on riding on the sidewalks!

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