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 - May 2021
Council has approved the award of the construction tender. All details related to the award of the tender can be found in the following report. Work is underway to prepare for construction beginning in Spring 2021.

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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, improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus.

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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 to Spring 2019

Following extensive public engagement (more information included in Key Dates), 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 and Summer 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.

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


Detailed Design and Construction Documents Fall 2019 to Winter 2020/21

WSP has been hired as the engineering firm to complete the detailed design and construction drawings for the preferred schematic design option, alongside Metz & Chew, who were selected as part of the team to develop the public art component.


November 2020 - Construction Changes
Construction of a new traffic signal at Sackville Street and Dresden Row has been completed. To improve traffic circulation in the area and increase loading and parking space on the side streets, parts of Dresden Row and Birmingham Street have become one-way:

  • Dresden Row will be northbound, between Clyde Street and Artillery Place, but will remain two-way between Artillery Place and Sackville Street.
  • Birmingham Street will be southbound between Clyde Street and Artillery Place.

Accompanying these one-way changes is a temporary pilot project at the irregular intersection of Artillery Place, Queen Street, and Birmingham Street. This project tests out a new intersection design to improve the safety of this intersection.

View an information handout showing the changes coming to the intersections and the one way streets.

Learn more about this and other Street Improvement Pilot projects in the municipality.


March 2021
The Spring Garden Road Streetscaping project has hit a significant milestone with the tender release for construction. The tender was released March 8, 2021 and closed on March 30, 2021. Three bids were received.

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

Update - May 2021
Council has approved the award of the construction tender. All details related to the award of the tender can be found in the following report. Work is underway to prepare for construction beginning in Spring 2021.

__________________________________________________________________________

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, improve conditions for residents to stroll, shop and catch a bus.

__________________________________________________________________________

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 to Spring 2019

Following extensive public engagement (more information included in Key Dates), 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 and Summer 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.

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


Detailed Design and Construction Documents Fall 2019 to Winter 2020/21

WSP has been hired as the engineering firm to complete the detailed design and construction drawings for the preferred schematic design option, alongside Metz & Chew, who were selected as part of the team to develop the public art component.


November 2020 - Construction Changes
Construction of a new traffic signal at Sackville Street and Dresden Row has been completed. To improve traffic circulation in the area and increase loading and parking space on the side streets, parts of Dresden Row and Birmingham Street have become one-way:

  • Dresden Row will be northbound, between Clyde Street and Artillery Place, but will remain two-way between Artillery Place and Sackville Street.
  • Birmingham Street will be southbound between Clyde Street and Artillery Place.

Accompanying these one-way changes is a temporary pilot project at the irregular intersection of Artillery Place, Queen Street, and Birmingham Street. This project tests out a new intersection design to improve the safety of this intersection.

View an information handout showing the changes coming to the intersections and the one way streets.

Learn more about this and other Street Improvement Pilot projects in the municipality.


March 2021
The Spring Garden Road Streetscaping project has hit a significant milestone with the tender release for construction. The tender was released March 8, 2021 and closed on March 30, 2021. Three bids were received.