Spring Garden Road Enhancements

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

Update - March 2019

Next steps – so here’s what is going on:

  1. Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report going to the Transportation Standing Committee (TSC) for their review and recommendation on Thursday, March 28, 2019
  2. If the TSC recommends the report it will then be presented to Regional Council in the first few weeks of April. At that time Regional Council will make a decision on how we proceed. There are two recommendations in the report:
    1. design and construct Option 4,

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

Update - March 2019

Next steps – so here’s what is going on:

  1. Spring Garden Road Functional Design Report going to the Transportation Standing Committee (TSC) for their review and recommendation on Thursday, March 28, 2019
  2. If the TSC recommends the report it will then be presented to Regional Council in the first few weeks of April. At that time Regional Council will make a decision on how we proceed. There are two recommendations in the report:
    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.
  3. If approved by Regional Council two schematic design concepts will then be developed and presented to the public in the coming months – stay tuned.

Want to see what Option 4 looks like?

Drop by the Halifax Central Library, we’ll be popping up on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. You’re invited to come talk to a planner about what is being recommended.

We wanted to update you at this time so you can talk to us and your Councillor about what you think of Option 4 before the report goes to Regional Council in early April.

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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 will be undertaken for the entire corridor between Barrington and Robie Streets. Once we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, a design exercise will identify 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.

Reconstruction of the street is targeting the year 2020.

What’s Happening Now?
Three options for the functional plan for Spring Garden Road have been developed based on background analysis including what we heard from the public during the summer of 2018. This phase focuses on major components of how the street will work, like the relative widths of the street versus sidewalk, transit and traffic flow.

Thanks for your feedback on which option is your favourite, and what you like and what concerns you. Your input will help inform the recommended option. Thanks to everyone who attended the public engagement on Monday, January 7, 2019.

What's Happening Next?
Once we have a shared understanding of how the street will work, schematic design will explore how we want the street to look and feel to make it a most beautiful and welcoming environment, particularly for people on foot and those getting on and off the bus. This is the fun stuff! Expect more public engagement during this phase.

What’s Happened So Far?
In summer 2018, in partnership with the Spring Garden Area Business Association, the municipality tested some ideas developed in the past for Spring Garden Road and engaged with the public and stakeholders about future possibilities. A colourful deck (the ‘stoplet’) was installed on the north side of Spring Garden Road, between Birmingham Street and Dresden Row as a pilot project. Pilot projects allow ideas to be tested before further decisions are made. With more space for people getting on and off the bus, seating, planters, bike racks and a sense of play, the ‘stoplet’ aimed to engage people’s imagination about future possibilities for this significant city street. Check out "What We Heard" in the document section.


We are still encouraging people to use the #ImagineSGR and share your thoughts, photos and ideas for your vision to improve the Spring Garden Road streetscape experience.