Horseshoe Bay Streetscape
UPDATE September 2019
The Horseshoe Bay Streetscape work is progressing! The contract for construction has now been awarded. The notice to proceed will occur shortly, followed by our pre-construction meeting with the contractor. Once initial discussions with the contractor on the scope of work and expected timeline have been completed, businesses along Royal Avenue will be engaged on the start of construction.
The Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Plan is a cohesive and unified streetscape design strategy to revitalize the commercial area of Horseshoe Bay Village, which hasn't been upgraded on a large scale since 1986. The intention is to enhance livability, strengthen economic activity and create a vibrant area where local businesses can compete with other retail centres.
The Horseshoe Bay streetscape improvements will be phased and will coincide with construction of the Spirit Trail to minimize impacts on residents.
The streetscape improvements will:
- help foster a unique and distinct sense of place
- create public space for programming
- prioritize pedestrian and cycling use
- increase road safety
- exemplify the District’s commitment to sustainable transportation and development
Construction of phase 1 of the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Revitalization project is scheduled to begin the week of September 23, 2019.
Upgrades to Royal Avenue between Bay Street and Bruce Street will include new concrete sidewalks, lighting, benches, bike racks, new street trees and other plantings.
A separated northbound bike lane that will be installed on the east side of Royal Avenue, with no impact to existing parking spaces.
In addition, preparations have begun for the undergrounding of hydro poles in the Horseshoe Bay commercial area, including Royal Avenue, Bay Street and Bruce Street.
Work is expected to be complete in 6–8 weeks, weather permitting.
Construction hours are 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or as required to complete work on schedule.
During construction, traffic control personnel will be on site to manage traffic flow and provide safe access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to businesses while this work is being completed.
Royal Avenue and Bruce Street will remain open with periods when vehicle access is restricted to local residents
Parking will be restricted on the road and boulevards during construction. Temporary no parking signs will be installed prior to construction.
Thank you to everyone that stopped by an informaiton session on August 21 and 22 in Horseshoe Bay (at Royal Avenue and Bay Street).
We heard positive feedback about the planned undergrounding of the hydro poles in the commercial area of Horseshoe Bay.
We also heard your concerns about loading zones and the turning radius for delivery vehicles around the corners.
Staff are reviewing all feedback received and will be following up with the consultants on these questions.
An information meeting was held on April 24, 2018, for residents to learn more and ask questions about plans for the construction of the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape and Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue. Over 50 people attended the open house and provided input into the draft design.
This input has been summarized and will be incorporated into changes to the design.
The District has summarized the feedback received from residents in a question and answer format in the document below.
We asked for your input on the design of the planned Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue and the Horseshoe Bay streetscape improvements in spring 2018. This feedback will help to inform the final design of both the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape and Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue.