Published on: January 25, 2017 | Last Updated: January 25, 2017 12:37 PM CST
The City of Regina is hoping to work on 13th avenue this year, pending budget approvalRACHEL PSUTKA / LEADER-POST
If all goes well at the Feb. 13 budget meeting, residents could see some changes happen to 13th Avenue toward Lewvan Avenue. Several improvements are planned, including adding eastbound and westbound left turn lanes at Lewvan, and the addition of bike lanes.
“We are just in the design process. We are looking at a couple of things, including adding a concrete median to prevent left turns from Alexander Street and Edward Street onto 13th Avenue,” said Louise Folk, director of development services. “Adding new sidewalks on the south side of 13th Avenue and bike lanes will also be added in eastbound and westbound directions.”
If approval for the project goes ahead at the city’s budget meeting, then a public open house will be held in the weeks after to get input from residents about the plan.
“We would be hosting the open house to talk to people in the neighbourhood to talk about what the city would look like,” Folk said. “Details are yet to be confirmed but we want to have conversations with people in the neighbourhood.”
Once the public open house is completed, construction will begin in the spring and summer. Everything should be completed by the fall of this year.
“The plans are as soon as we have budget approval, to move forward in a timely manner,” Folk said. “We are hopeful and expecting that construction will wrap up in September but it is weather-dependent. We should start in the summer but that all depends on timing.”
The decision to work on 13th Avenue came about through a traffic study, and speaking with residents who use the route on a regular basis.
“We had a traffic study completed and that confirmed what residents and drivers are experiencing during peak traffic times,” Folk said.
With regard to bike lanes, Folk stated that the city is committed to not only adding bike lanes to 13th Avenue, but throughout the city in an effort to promote bike use.
“The city’s plan is to expand on street bike lanes and multi-use pathways for a four-year plan starting in 2018,” Folk said, adding that more bike lanes could be added during the construction season. “It doesn’t mean we won’t include bike lanes in another road construction plan.