If you’ve been downtown over the last few months, you will likely have spotted work underway as part of the Spring Garden Road Streetscaping project. This major project will create an improved pedestrian experience along Spring Garden Road, with better accessibility, more greenery, new public artwork, and undergrounded wiring.
A project like this requires considerable collaboration – both across departments and with external partners. A core internal team, with representatives from Traffic Management, Infrastructure Planning, Project Planning & Design, Halifax Transit, Road Operations & Construction, and others, worked together right from the start of the project to ensure the proposed design was strong. According to Project Manager, Elora Wilkinson, this collaborative team structure allowed the project design to push the limits of what has been done before in Halifax.
External relationships were equally as important. From the beginning, and through construction, the Spring Garden Area Business Association has been a key project partner. The partnership began when the municipality installed a temporary stoplet (bus stop and mini park) on Spring Garden Road in Summer 2018. The stoplet added more space and amenities to the sidewalk and improved the comfort of pedestrians and transit passengers.
“It also kickstarted our extensive public engagement,” says Elora. “Here we tested ideas and recorded feedback that helped us understand what the public wanted to see on the street.”
The streetscaping project aligns with multiple Regional Council Priorities, by making Spring Garden Road a destination (Communities), investing in spaces to safely walk and roll (Integrated Mobility), and improving rainwater collection, planting over 30 trees, and decreasing traffic lanes on the street (Environment).
The project is expected to wrap up later this fall. Learn more and read project updates at halifax.ca/imaginesgr