Spring Garden Road Enhancements

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Imagine Spring Garden Road
Working together to develop a shared vision for a great street in Halifax

Update - March 2020

We’ve had great public input to get to this point! Thanks to everyone who took the time to join the conversation. Following the engagement phase in the summer of 2019, a final schematic design has been selected. Please see below for more information on past engagement. We are now working towards completion of detailed design and construction drawings for the preferred schematic design option.

Want to check out the final design? View the online photo gallery or video.

WSP has been hired as the engineering firm to complete the detailed design work, alongside Metz & Chew, who were selected as part of the team to develop the public art component.

In addition to development of the public art component and detailed design work this year, some changes to the area are coming this summer to help us prepare for the overall streetscaping project. This work includes the construction of a new traffic signal at Sackville Street and Dresden Row, and parts of Dresden Row and Birmingham Street will become one-way. Both changes will be implemented this summer to improve overall traffic circulation and safety in the area.


What’s coming next?

Check back soon:

Pop-ups will be scheduled for spring 2020 to learn more around the changes coming the summer.

A public engagement session will be scheduled for spring 2020 to talk about the public art component of the streetscaping project.

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What's been done to date?

Stoplet Pilot Project - Summer 2018 + Summer 2019

In partnership with the Spring Garden Area Business Association, we installed a temporary stoplet on Spring Garden Road. Stoplet = bus stop + mini park

This temporary project added more space and amenities to the sidewalk and improved the comfort for pedestrians and transit passengers. We tested ideas and recorded citizen feedback to help us understand the vision for the street that the public wanted to see.


Functional Design – Fall 2018

Council approved the Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report on April 16, 2019. This report included two recommendations on how to proceed:

  1. Design and construct Option 4, streetscaping improvements between South Park Street and Queen Street.
  2. Collect data during construction and come back to Regional Council with a recommendation on loading, traffic diversion and a daytime transit priority corridor.


Schematic Design – Spring 2019

Building on the selected functional design, two options for the schematic design were developed, the Pocket Park and the Paver Promenade options. There was overwhelming preference for the Pocket Park design. However, people liked the open space found with the Paver Promenade design. So, we've created a hybrid design with a combination of vegetation and more open public spaces. In that process we considered:

  • Reduction of linear planting beds to create more flow through on the street. Increase in rain garden vegetation to help with storm water mitigation. Raised curbs around the planting areas to discourage pedestrians walking through the beds.
  • Addition of flexible and moveable bright coloured seating – including different types of seating and benches with backs and armrests.
  • Public art component and allow for special event flexibility.

A summary of all documentation created to date can be found on the documents page.

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Project Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major bus corridor. Regional Council has approved a major project further to the Halifax Economic Strategy, to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Following the success of the Argyle/ Grafton project, completed in 2017, Imagine Spring Garden Road aims to beautify the street and improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus. First, a functional plan was undertaken for the entire corridor between Barrington and Robie Streets. This functional plan was approved by Council, and now that we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, a design exercise is identifying key elements to make the core area linking the popular Central Library to the spectacular Public Gardens a beautiful and welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.

Imagine Spring Garden Road
Working together to develop a shared vision for a great street in Halifax

Update - March 2020

We’ve had great public input to get to this point! Thanks to everyone who took the time to join the conversation. Following the engagement phase in the summer of 2019, a final schematic design has been selected. Please see below for more information on past engagement. We are now working towards completion of detailed design and construction drawings for the preferred schematic design option.

Want to check out the final design? View the online photo gallery or video.

WSP has been hired as the engineering firm to complete the detailed design work, alongside Metz & Chew, who were selected as part of the team to develop the public art component.

In addition to development of the public art component and detailed design work this year, some changes to the area are coming this summer to help us prepare for the overall streetscaping project. This work includes the construction of a new traffic signal at Sackville Street and Dresden Row, and parts of Dresden Row and Birmingham Street will become one-way. Both changes will be implemented this summer to improve overall traffic circulation and safety in the area.


What’s coming next?

Check back soon:

Pop-ups will be scheduled for spring 2020 to learn more around the changes coming the summer.

A public engagement session will be scheduled for spring 2020 to talk about the public art component of the streetscaping project.

___________________________________________________________________________


What's been done to date?

Stoplet Pilot Project - Summer 2018 + Summer 2019

In partnership with the Spring Garden Area Business Association, we installed a temporary stoplet on Spring Garden Road. Stoplet = bus stop + mini park

This temporary project added more space and amenities to the sidewalk and improved the comfort for pedestrians and transit passengers. We tested ideas and recorded citizen feedback to help us understand the vision for the street that the public wanted to see.


Functional Design – Fall 2018

Council approved the Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report on April 16, 2019. This report included two recommendations on how to proceed:

  1. Design and construct Option 4, streetscaping improvements between South Park Street and Queen Street.
  2. Collect data during construction and come back to Regional Council with a recommendation on loading, traffic diversion and a daytime transit priority corridor.


Schematic Design – Spring 2019

Building on the selected functional design, two options for the schematic design were developed, the Pocket Park and the Paver Promenade options. There was overwhelming preference for the Pocket Park design. However, people liked the open space found with the Paver Promenade design. So, we've created a hybrid design with a combination of vegetation and more open public spaces. In that process we considered:

  • Reduction of linear planting beds to create more flow through on the street. Increase in rain garden vegetation to help with storm water mitigation. Raised curbs around the planting areas to discourage pedestrians walking through the beds.
  • Addition of flexible and moveable bright coloured seating – including different types of seating and benches with backs and armrests.
  • Public art component and allow for special event flexibility.

A summary of all documentation created to date can be found on the documents page.

___________________________________________________________________________

Project Background
Spring Garden Road is one of the region's busiest pedestrian shopping streets and a major bus corridor. Regional Council has approved a major project further to the Halifax Economic Strategy, to signal their commitment to the downtown core with meaningful investment. Following the success of the Argyle/ Grafton project, completed in 2017, Imagine Spring Garden Road aims to beautify the street and improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus. First, a functional plan was undertaken for the entire corridor between Barrington and Robie Streets. This functional plan was approved by Council, and now that we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, a design exercise is identifying key elements to make the core area linking the popular Central Library to the spectacular Public Gardens a beautiful and welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.