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May 01, 2019 Return to Headlines

Results are in on King Albert Greenway Project

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 1, 2019 – Feedback is in on the King Albert Greenway project and interested residents are invited to learn more about the plans and next steps on improving pedestrian and cycling safety in Southwest Coquitlam.

Opportunity for Input
The City will be hosting a Community Information Session about this project:

DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 
TIME: 4 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Coquitlam Public Library – Poirier Branch (575 Poirier St.)

Feedback from the public will be presented, along with the proposed final route alignment and anticipated project phasing. Staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions.

Interested residents who are unable to attend in-person can review the information online, after May 15 at www.coquitlam.ca/kingalbert. A map with the proposed alignment is also available on that page.

Feedback to Date
Public engagement on this project took place in November 2018. Nearly 300 residents responded with 62% agreeing or strongly agreeing with the proposed plans.

Three route options were presented for the segment between Porter Street and Laurentian Crescent, with 30 per cent in favour of Option 1 along the north side of Centennial Field, and 41 per cent in favour of Option 2 which proposed a new pathway through existing green space. The remaining 20 per cent preferred Option 3 along King Albert Avenue, while 9 per cent did not have a preferred option.

However, feedback on the evaluation criteria showed that it was important to consider connectivity (40 per cent), cost (36 per cent) and environmental impact (31 per cent) as the most important evaluation criteria for the project. As such, and taking into consideration existing travel patterns and destinations, staff are recommending Option 1 as the preferred option.

Next Steps
Staff are proceeding with detailed design and will work with residents who will be directly impacted by the project.

The project will be split into three phases, with the first anticipated to start in summer 2019.

  • Phase 1 – the western portion of the route from Gatensbury Street to Poirier Street is planned for construction in 2019.
  • Phase 2 – pedestrian/bike bridge and associated in-stream work at Como Creek is planned for late 2019, depending on environmental approvals.
  • Phase 3 – the eastern portion of the route from Poirier Street to Hillcrest Street will be scheduled for 2020.

About the King Albert Greenway
Greenways are multi-modal transportation corridors with a range of enhanced design features. The King Albert Greenway is an important link within the Citywide greenway network that was identified in the City’s Strategic Transportation Plan.  It will provide a safe, accessible and attractive walking and cycling route that ties into existing infrastructure at Gatensbury Street, and will extend to Hillcrest Street. 

The route will provide connectivity to a number of schools (Vanier Centre, Como Lake Middle School, Centennial High School) and civic facilities within the Poirier precinct, such as the Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre and Poirier Community Centre, as well as providing connections to the existing Poirier Avenue Greenway and Hillcrest-Como Lake Greenway.

Some of the greenway features being considered include:

  • New multi-use pathway;
  • New Sidewalk;
  • New bridge crossing over Como Creek;
  • Curb extensions at intersections;
  • Improved intersection crossings with new wheelchair letdowns;
  • New signage and pavement markings; and,
  • Landscape improvements.

The King Albert Greenway will be built to appeal to pedestrians and cyclists of all abilities from novice to expert.

For more information about the proposed greenway visit www.coquitlam.ca/kingalbert.

Media contact:
Dragana Mitic
Manager, Transportation