Re-shape your St. David Street

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Intersection of St. David Street and St. Andrew Street in Fergus, Ontario

“Creating a vibrant, safe, and accessible corridor in Centre Wellington”

Introduction

The Township is seeking feedback from businesses and members of the public on conceptual design options for the reconstruction of St. David Street North from St. Andrew Street to Edinburgh Avenue.

This section of roadway serves as an important regional and local mobility corridor, an economic hub for local business, and a gateway into Centre Wellington’s cultural and architectural heritage.

The reconstruction is planned to start in 2023, and includes the replacement of not only the road and sidewalks, but also the watermain, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers currently at the end of their service life.

Design Considerations

Important items to be considered as part of the project include:

  • Ensure that the street is designed, constructed, operated, and maintained for all users and all modes of travel, in accordance with the Township’s Transportation Master Plan.
  • Ensuring that the roadway meets or exceeds all applicable safety and design standards.
  • Identifying opportunities to encourage walking and cycling, in accordance with the Township’s Council Strategic Plan 2019-2022.
  • Exploring traffic calming opportunities to encourage drivers to reduce their rate of speed.
  • Supporting downtown Fergus businesses by ensuring that patrons can access establishments by vehicle, foot, and bike.
  • Including benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees that add to the visual appeal of the streetscape.
Project Location


Conceptual Design Options

Four conceptual design options have been developed for the reconstruction project:

Option 1: Replace existing

Match and replace existing vehicle travel lanes, on-street parking lanes, boulevards, and sidewalks.

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Frequently used on-street parking spaces located on St. David Street North between St. Andrew Street and St. Patrick Street remain unchanged relative to current (14 spaces);
  • No improvement to walking and cycling; and,
  • Limited opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees.

Option 2: Remove on-street parking lanes and increase boulevard/ sidewalk width

  • Remove on-street parking lanes;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Vehicle travel lane width increased slightly (by approximately 0.3 m per lane).

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Eliminates on-street vehicle parking, loss of 14 frequently used parking spaces; and,
  • Improves walking but does not improve cycling.

Option 3: On-street parking from St. Andrew Street to St. Patrick Street

  • Maintain on-street parking from St. Andrew Street to St. Patrick Street;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Vehicle travel lane width increased slightly (by approximately 0.3m per lane).

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Frequently used on-street parking spaces remain unchanged relative to current (14 spaces); and,
  • Improves walking but does not improve cycling.

Option 4: Separated Cycling Lanes

  • Add separated cycling lanes on both sides of St. David Street from St. Andrew Street to Hill Street East, and unseparated bike lanes north of Hill Street East;
  • Maintain on-street parking on west side of St. David Street;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Reduce vehicle lane width from approximately 4.6 meters wide to 3.5 meters wide.

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Improves walking and cycling;
  • Separated cycling lanes are justified given average daily traffic volumes and mix of heavy vehicle traffic (per Provincial Standards);
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Reduction in vehicle lane width could result in positive changes to driver behavior (ex. reduced average travel speeds); and,
  • Reduction in frequently used on-street parking spaces (from 14 spaces to 4).


“Creating a vibrant, safe, and accessible corridor in Centre Wellington”

Introduction

The Township is seeking feedback from businesses and members of the public on conceptual design options for the reconstruction of St. David Street North from St. Andrew Street to Edinburgh Avenue.

This section of roadway serves as an important regional and local mobility corridor, an economic hub for local business, and a gateway into Centre Wellington’s cultural and architectural heritage.

The reconstruction is planned to start in 2023, and includes the replacement of not only the road and sidewalks, but also the watermain, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers currently at the end of their service life.

Design Considerations

Important items to be considered as part of the project include:

  • Ensure that the street is designed, constructed, operated, and maintained for all users and all modes of travel, in accordance with the Township’s Transportation Master Plan.
  • Ensuring that the roadway meets or exceeds all applicable safety and design standards.
  • Identifying opportunities to encourage walking and cycling, in accordance with the Township’s Council Strategic Plan 2019-2022.
  • Exploring traffic calming opportunities to encourage drivers to reduce their rate of speed.
  • Supporting downtown Fergus businesses by ensuring that patrons can access establishments by vehicle, foot, and bike.
  • Including benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees that add to the visual appeal of the streetscape.
Project Location


Conceptual Design Options

Four conceptual design options have been developed for the reconstruction project:

Option 1: Replace existing

Match and replace existing vehicle travel lanes, on-street parking lanes, boulevards, and sidewalks.

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Frequently used on-street parking spaces located on St. David Street North between St. Andrew Street and St. Patrick Street remain unchanged relative to current (14 spaces);
  • No improvement to walking and cycling; and,
  • Limited opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees.

Option 2: Remove on-street parking lanes and increase boulevard/ sidewalk width

  • Remove on-street parking lanes;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Vehicle travel lane width increased slightly (by approximately 0.3 m per lane).

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Eliminates on-street vehicle parking, loss of 14 frequently used parking spaces; and,
  • Improves walking but does not improve cycling.

Option 3: On-street parking from St. Andrew Street to St. Patrick Street

  • Maintain on-street parking from St. Andrew Street to St. Patrick Street;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Vehicle travel lane width increased slightly (by approximately 0.3m per lane).

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Maintains a similar flow of vehicle traffic;
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Frequently used on-street parking spaces remain unchanged relative to current (14 spaces); and,
  • Improves walking but does not improve cycling.

Option 4: Separated Cycling Lanes

  • Add separated cycling lanes on both sides of St. David Street from St. Andrew Street to Hill Street East, and unseparated bike lanes north of Hill Street East;
  • Maintain on-street parking on west side of St. David Street;
  • Increase width of boulevards and sidewalks and include new tree plantings and decorative light standards; and,
  • Reduce vehicle lane width from approximately 4.6 meters wide to 3.5 meters wide.

Opportunities/ Constraints:

  • Improves walking and cycling;
  • Separated cycling lanes are justified given average daily traffic volumes and mix of heavy vehicle traffic (per Provincial Standards);
  • Opportunity to add benches, decorative streetlights, and new trees;
  • Reduction in vehicle lane width could result in positive changes to driver behavior (ex. reduced average travel speeds); and,
  • Reduction in frequently used on-street parking spaces (from 14 spaces to 4).