Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections

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Hi! Welcome to the project page for the Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections project. See below for a history of the project to date. Round two of public engagement has concluded and the online survey is now closed. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the 'What We Heard' report summarizing public input! Scroll for details.


PROJECT BACKGROUND

Halifax’s Integrated Mobility Plan (2017) identifies the need to establish an all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling corridor connecting from the Dartmouth Common to the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway system as part of the Regional Centre AAA Bikeway Network. These IMP maps show Dahlia Street as the proposed cycling corridor. However, this functional planning study will investigate Dahlia Street alongside other alternative route options in the Dahlia Street – Tulip Street – Oak Street – Crichton Avenue area.

Integrated Mobility Plan Regional AAA Bikeway Network

In addition, the Municipality is interested in opportunities to improve pedestrian connectivity in the area including consideration of new sidewalks, intersection alignments, and crossing treatments to help improve the transition between the two park areas. Not only will this connection be part of the Great Trail, it will also promote walking and cycling as transport within Dartmouth and the greater HRM. A 'Complete Streets' lens will be used to incorporate street improvements for all users.

Dahlia and Oak Streets are scheduled for repaving in the near future and HRM would like to integrate the AT improvements with these recapitalization upgrades. Pending Council approval, construction of these new design treatments is targeted for 2021.


What's being considered on these streets:

  • Improvements for people walking and wheeling
  • Improvements for people cycling
  • Potential measures to facilitate traffic calming
  • Potential measures to facilitate safe crossing at major intersections
  • Road safety and sightlines
  • Accessibility improvements


Two route options were considered for connecting the Dartmouth Common to Shubenacadie Canal Greenway: the Dahlia Street corridor and the Tulip-Oak Street corridor. Public feedback was collected in round one of engagement which informed an internal evaluation of the two routes. In the end, Dahlia Street prevailed as the preferred walking/rolling/cycling connection. Please refer to round two engagement boards for an explanation of this process. Concept design options will be developed for this route only.


ROUND ONE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- AUG 2020 (COMPLETE)

HRM Staff hosted the first round of public engagement entirely online between July 31st and August 14th 2020. These initial conversations compared the Dahlia Street and the Tulip-Oak Street corridors as the potential routing options to connect between the Dartmouth Common and the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway. Over 450 people participated via online survey two live Q&A sessions.

CLICK HERE for round one information panels about more key considerations of this project


ROUND TWO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- OCT 2020 (COMPLETE)

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, HRM Staff hosted the second round of public engagement entirely online between October 13th and 27th. Some of the tools available were: information panels, a survey, and three live webinar sessions hosted by the project team.

This second round of engagement was meant to collect community feedback on the set of conceptual design options the project team has developed for the Dahlia Street corridor. This feedback will help shape the final designs that are recommended to Regional Council for approval with construction targeted for summer/fall 2021. This round of public engagement is now complete. There were around 200 participants who filled out the online survey and/or participated in one of our three live webinar sessions. A 'What We Heard Report' will be available shortly.

CLICK HERE for round two information panels about preferred route and concept design options


**NEW** The What We Heard Report summarizing all public engagement on this project is now available! CLICK HERE


Staff are using this feedback as well as internal technical review to select the recommended 30% design options for presentation to Regional Council in February 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

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Hi! Welcome to the project page for the Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections project. See below for a history of the project to date. Round two of public engagement has concluded and the online survey is now closed. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the 'What We Heard' report summarizing public input! Scroll for details.


PROJECT BACKGROUND

Halifax’s Integrated Mobility Plan (2017) identifies the need to establish an all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling corridor connecting from the Dartmouth Common to the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway system as part of the Regional Centre AAA Bikeway Network. These IMP maps show Dahlia Street as the proposed cycling corridor. However, this functional planning study will investigate Dahlia Street alongside other alternative route options in the Dahlia Street – Tulip Street – Oak Street – Crichton Avenue area.

Integrated Mobility Plan Regional AAA Bikeway Network

In addition, the Municipality is interested in opportunities to improve pedestrian connectivity in the area including consideration of new sidewalks, intersection alignments, and crossing treatments to help improve the transition between the two park areas. Not only will this connection be part of the Great Trail, it will also promote walking and cycling as transport within Dartmouth and the greater HRM. A 'Complete Streets' lens will be used to incorporate street improvements for all users.

Dahlia and Oak Streets are scheduled for repaving in the near future and HRM would like to integrate the AT improvements with these recapitalization upgrades. Pending Council approval, construction of these new design treatments is targeted for 2021.


What's being considered on these streets:

  • Improvements for people walking and wheeling
  • Improvements for people cycling
  • Potential measures to facilitate traffic calming
  • Potential measures to facilitate safe crossing at major intersections
  • Road safety and sightlines
  • Accessibility improvements


Two route options were considered for connecting the Dartmouth Common to Shubenacadie Canal Greenway: the Dahlia Street corridor and the Tulip-Oak Street corridor. Public feedback was collected in round one of engagement which informed an internal evaluation of the two routes. In the end, Dahlia Street prevailed as the preferred walking/rolling/cycling connection. Please refer to round two engagement boards for an explanation of this process. Concept design options will be developed for this route only.


ROUND ONE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- AUG 2020 (COMPLETE)

HRM Staff hosted the first round of public engagement entirely online between July 31st and August 14th 2020. These initial conversations compared the Dahlia Street and the Tulip-Oak Street corridors as the potential routing options to connect between the Dartmouth Common and the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway. Over 450 people participated via online survey two live Q&A sessions.

CLICK HERE for round one information panels about more key considerations of this project


ROUND TWO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT -- OCT 2020 (COMPLETE)

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, HRM Staff hosted the second round of public engagement entirely online between October 13th and 27th. Some of the tools available were: information panels, a survey, and three live webinar sessions hosted by the project team.

This second round of engagement was meant to collect community feedback on the set of conceptual design options the project team has developed for the Dahlia Street corridor. This feedback will help shape the final designs that are recommended to Regional Council for approval with construction targeted for summer/fall 2021. This round of public engagement is now complete. There were around 200 participants who filled out the online survey and/or participated in one of our three live webinar sessions. A 'What We Heard Report' will be available shortly.

CLICK HERE for round two information panels about preferred route and concept design options


**NEW** The What We Heard Report summarizing all public engagement on this project is now available! CLICK HERE


Staff are using this feedback as well as internal technical review to select the recommended 30% design options for presentation to Regional Council in February 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

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