Starting tomorrow (May 31), McAllister Avenue on Port Coquitlam will be closed to traffic to make way for construction of road and pedestrian improvements.
McAllister Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between Shaughnessy Street and Mary Hill Road as crews begin constructing a level street surface, dedicated spaces to walk, cycle and rest, street-front patios and storefronts, and street trees and landscaping.
The goal of the city project is to create the feel of an open-air plaza, a news release states, and the project is to cost $4.3 million with completion expected in December.
As part of the downtown revitalization plans, a 2,500 sq-ft. area alongside the future Donald Pathway extension is planned through the downtown along with The Met housing-commercial project by Quarry Rock Developments on McAllister Avenue.
"We’ve been waiting for this day with anticipation — it’s very exciting to see the shovels going into the ground to help turn our community’s vision for McAllister into a reality," Mayor Brad West said.
"This incredible world-class streetscape will be a showcase in our community that draws people to our downtown. It will also set the tone for the other improvements coming to our downtown in the next few years."
Here is how the city plans to deal with access and other issues during construction:
- The city will notify residents and businesses about potential construction impacts, which may include noise, vibration and dust when crews are working close by
- Detour signs will direct vehicles to nearby route options such as Wilson and Elgin Avenues, as well as alternative parking in lots or on streets within walking distance
- Donald Avenue will remain open up to McAllister, but parking will be removed while construction takes place to allow for two-way traffic
- Safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to McAllister Avenue businesses and other properties will be maintained throughout construction. When access changes are required, properties will be notified in advance and signs installed to show alternate safe routes
- Signs will be posted to remind downtown visitors that McAllister businesses remain open for business
Information about the project construction and parking options are provided at portcoquitlam.ca/mcallister with more details about the city’s plans for the downtown available at portcoquitlam.ca/downtown.