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Fort Street construction: What you need to know

Expect Victoria’s downtown east artery clogged until May 2018

Story Highlights

  • Duration: Sep 2017 to May 2018
  • Extent: Wharf Street to Cook Street (1.2km)
  • Cost: $2.8M (same contractor as Pandora bike-lane project)
  • All Fort Street businesses open during construction

Victoria’s former fastest route to Oak Bay and beyond is pinched in several areas as the second of five all ages and abilities (AAA) bicycle lanes are installed.

Following the pattern of Pandora’s protected bike lanes, Fort’s will be built on the street’s north side from Wharf Street to Cook Street. The project scope includes enhanced crosswalks and sidewalks, new street trees and benches, and underground utility upgrades.

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According to the City, this type of infrastructure provides a significant safety improvement from the more traditional, painted bike lanes. The design maintains standard right hand turns and typical left hand turn signals, along with 95 per cent of on-street parking.

Brunnell Construction, a Vancouver Island-based company, won the contract for the nearly $3M project.  Brunnell is the same company that built the Pandora Avenue bike lanes.

To learn more including construction updates, visit: http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/transportation/cycling/biketoria-fort-st.html

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City of Victoria
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