Construction begins on King Edward Avenue redesign in the Cambie Street area

Nov 26 2019, 9:20 am

The municipal government has commenced construction on a redesign of a span of King Edward Avenue that crosses through the Cambie Corridor.

Protected bike lanes and widened sidewalks are coming to the span of the arterial route between the laneway east of Cambie Street and Columbia Street, as well as new turn restrictions and vehicle traffic changes for Yukon Street.

This first phase will reach completion later this winter.

Existing condition:

King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Existing condition of King Edward Avenue. (City of Vancouver)

Future condition:

King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Future condition of King Edward Avenue. (City of Vancouver)

Eventually, with a number of phases over several years, the four-block long stretch of King Edward Avenue from Heather Street to Columbia Street will be rebuilt to the same design standard, while also maintaining two vehicle travel lanes in peak periods and have off-peak parking on both sides of the street. Other upgrades include more accessible street crossings.

King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Future concept for King Edward Avenue in the area of Yukon Street. (City of Vancouver)

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Footprint of the King Edward Avenue Complete Street Improvements. (City of Vancouver)

The rebuild is being constructed in conjunction with the new redevelopments along this stretch of King Edward Avenue, with single-family homes being replaced with low-rise and mid-rise residential buildings.

These street changes are part of the city’s approved Cambie Corridor Plan, which calls for significant changes to the area’s streets over the coming years, including enhancements to the length of the Heritage Boulevard along Cambie Street from King Edward Avenue to Marine Drive.

The “ceremonial beginning” of the Heritage Boulevard south of King Edward Avenue will be enhanced, such as an upgraded pedestrian crossing for the intersection, new seating, and an improved gateway with an integrated Cambie Heritage Boulevard sign.

Cambie Corridor Public Realm Plan. (City of Vancouver)
Cambie Corridor Public Realm Plan. (City of Vancouver)

Cambie Corridor Public Realm Plan. (City of Vancouver)

Cambie Corridor Public Realm Plan. (City of Vancouver)