Quick-build Abbott Active Transportation Corridor

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Project background

Abbott Street is one of Kelowna's busiest bicycling and pedestrian routes.

We're planning upgrades to create a safer and more comfortable bicycling route for people of all ages and abilities.

The existing Abbott Street Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) was designed and constructed in 2012.

Permanent construction of the rest of the corridor to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park is planned for the year 2030 or later, pending budget availability.


Proposed quick-build infrastructure strategy

To extend the Abbott ATC sooner than 2030, until the permanent facility can be built, we're piloting the use of quick-build infrastructure.

Quick-build strategies combine interim materials within existing street space, with limited new construction, to deliver projects faster and at a lower cost.


Next steps

Public input will inform the design of both the proposed quick-build Abbott ATC and the potential future use of quick-build infrastructure for other active transportation projects in Kelowna.

Detailed design in 2021 will consider public feedback, with construction planned for early 2022 pending Council approval of additional budget.

How to participate & stay informed

The online survey open from May 19 to June 6, 2021, has now closed. Thank you to the more than 1,000 people who shared their feedback.

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Project background

Abbott Street is one of Kelowna's busiest bicycling and pedestrian routes.

We're planning upgrades to create a safer and more comfortable bicycling route for people of all ages and abilities.

The existing Abbott Street Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) was designed and constructed in 2012.

Permanent construction of the rest of the corridor to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park is planned for the year 2030 or later, pending budget availability.


Proposed quick-build infrastructure strategy

To extend the Abbott ATC sooner than 2030, until the permanent facility can be built, we're piloting the use of quick-build infrastructure.

Quick-build strategies combine interim materials within existing street space, with limited new construction, to deliver projects faster and at a lower cost.


Next steps

Public input will inform the design of both the proposed quick-build Abbott ATC and the potential future use of quick-build infrastructure for other active transportation projects in Kelowna.

Detailed design in 2021 will consider public feedback, with construction planned for early 2022 pending Council approval of additional budget.

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    Is a small traffic’s circle being considered for corner of Christelton

    Ken Donison asked 19 days ago

    Numerous intersection configurations are being explored for Abbott St & Christleton Ave, including a traffic circle. The final design will be determined through the detailed design phase. Factors such as pedestrian and cyclist safety, cost, available budget, turn path analysis, traffic data, impacts to infrastructure and property, and available space will be carefully reviewed to create the intersection design. 

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    Is there going to be a pedestrian sidewalk in the block between Rose and Christleton?

    Kelly M16 asked 19 days ago

    Due to right-of-way and cross section constraints, a shared multi-use path is planned from Rose Ave to Christleton Ave along the west and south sides of Abbott St. This is similar to the Okanagan Rail Trail and sections of the Cawston Ave ATC, where both pedestrians and cyclists share the same path. With this multi-use path connection, a sidewalk on the east side of Abbott St between Rose Ave and Christleton Ave is not imperative; however, it is an option being contemplated. The decision to include sidewalk will be made in the detailed design phase and based on costs vs available budget.

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    Hi there, Would consideration be given to permanently finishing the section between Rose and Christleton? It seems intuitive to complete the corridor here and then convert the remaining section to a quick-build solution.

    Stella Sondermann asked 26 days ago

    Numerous scenarios and options are being explored as the project continues to evolve. Permanently completing the section between Rose and Christleton is a consideration; however, this potential outcome depends on project costs for each segment, available budget, and final design. Another relevant factor is grant funding opportunities. The City has and will continue to apply for grant funding opportunities. Successful grant applications could help increase the possibility of permanent infrastructure at specific locations but are not guaranteed.

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    Is investment in permanent infrastructure a better option? The waterfront is the pride of Kelowna and this ATC is in high demand.

    Rob Simpson asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question. We agree that the Abbott ATC is in high demand would benefit from improvements. Usage of ATCs has continued to increase throughout the City’s network in recent years. Abbott St is one of the busiest, with more than 250,000 cyclists in 2020. Unfortunately, funding for permanent infrastructure is not scheduled in the 10-year capital plan until 2030. Furthermore, only half of the needed funds to complete the Ultimate Abbott street corridor are budgeted in the 10-year capital plan. The other half is identified as Priority 2 (unfunded) in the plan due to financial constraints. This leaves us with the decision to wait until at least 2030 to construct ATC improvements on Abbott or pilot quick-build materials to address the growing need now.

    The City has and will continue to apply for grant funding opportunities. Depending on the amount and success of these grant applications, there’s tentative potential for permanent infrastructure to be constructed at locations providing the greatest cost-efficiency benefit. 

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    Being such a heavily-used corridor for cyclists, tourists, pedestrians, locals, etc I'm curious as to why the city doesn't prioritize the area, get the park done (no crews there since the houses were removed), and finally complete the corridor all the way to Gyro. It seems this neighbourhood always gets bumped down the list of priorities for the city. Can you please explain why that is?

    Marlon B asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your interest in the projects in this area. If you are referring to the Pandosy Waterfront Park project, more information can be found here: Pandosy Waterfront Park | Get Involved Kelowna. For additional Parks-related questions, it’s recommended to contact the Parks Department using the City service request system: Services & requests | City of Kelowna.

    Regarding the Abbott ATC, it is currently scheduled for funding in the 10-year capital plan for 2030. The 2030 Infrastructure Plan is used to guide the development of the 10-year Capital Plan, which is updated annually to remain accurate and reflect emerging issues along with the community’s changing priorities. In turn, the 10-year Capital Plan is used to support infrastructure investment decisions in the annual budget presented to Council for endorsement each year in December. Currently, only half of the needed funds to complete the Ultimate Abbott street corridor are budgeted in the 10-year capital plan. The other half is identified as Priority 2 (unfunded) in the plan due to financial constraints. If interested in providing feedback on project prioritization and high-level planning, the upcoming Transportation Master Plan (TMP) may provide a good opportunity to do so. Public engagement is tentatively planned for this summer on the Get Involved web page, and more information can be found on its webpage: Transportation Master Plan.

    Further to your question, the proposed quick-build Abbott ATC allows the City to achieve the benefit of protected bike lanes in this area sooner, thus prioritizing the current need for improved active transportation facilities. There are many infrastructure projects around the city, and due to limited resources, not all projects can be completed with the current financial constraints. If interested, the City infrastructure project page can be viewed to see the many projects that are being performed around the city: Current Capital Projects.

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    Why does this plan not include adding any traffic diverters along the Abbot corridor? These would be a significant reward for those that choose to use cycle or walk as well as local residents. I could see two or three working very well to slow the speeding traffic.

    infernovideo asked about 1 month ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for the suggestion regarding traffic diverters. This type of traffic calming treatment is listed in the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Canadian Guide to Traffic Calming. It indicates that diverters can be beneficial depending on the goal. However, TAC also provides caution and lists disbenefits that need to be considered. For example, traffic volumes will be reduced on the roads with diverters. However, adjacent roads will likely experience increased traffic volumes. Operational impacts also need to be taken into consideration, such as emergency response time, waste collection, street sweeping, snow removal, etc.

    As the Abbott ATC project is focused on protected bike lanes, traffic pattern changes and neighbourhood traffic calming are beyond the scope of the project. Abbott St is classified as a collector road and provides access to adjacent local streets and Kelowna General Hospital. Careful consideration and review are required before altering the functional operation of Abbott St. Reclassifying Abbott St is not something being considered as part of the Abbott ATC project. An alternative opportunity for this feedback may be the upcoming Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP will update road classifications and hold public engagement tentatively this summer on the Get Involved web page. This would be the best way to provide input on the way Abbott St functions and is classified in the future.

     

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    Will any of the interim infrastructure be reused elsewhere in the City after is removed at the permanent infrastructure stage?

    Tracey Davis asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Tracey

    Yes, a key benefit of the interim infrastructure, specifically the bike lane barriers, is that they can be re-used in other locations once no longer needed and if not significantly damaged. Some infrastructure improvements cannot be relocated, such as locations requiring asphalt widening or drainage improvements, but can benefit future permanent infrastructure projects.