City Seeks Input into Designs for Brookside Drive Rehabilitation Project

The City of Fredericton is seeking input from residents of the Lower Brookside Drive area of the city (Main Street to Ring Road) on plans for a potential major rehabilitation of the street unveiled last night at a public meeting.

Residents unable to attend the meeting are invited to view the plans and submit their feedback by completing an online survey on the City’s website at www.fredericton.ca/activetransportation.

The rehabilitation project, entitled Brookside Drive: Fredericton’s First Complete Street explores the feasibility of enhancing Brookside Drive between Main Street and Douglas Avenue by improving access and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and motorists.

Recommendations for the project include:

  1. A curb-separated cycle track; a first-of-its-kind cycling facility in the city.
  2. A new sidewalk along both sides of lower Brookside Drive to provide full connectivity to the existing bus stops.
  3. Trail connections to both the Northside Trail and North Riverfront Trail.
  4. A realignment of Hawkins Street to improve sight distances.

“This plan has the potential to completely transform the lower Brookside Drive area of the city,” said Councillor Kevin Darrah, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “It ties in with goals indentified in both the City’s Active Transportation Plan, and the Main Street Urban Design Plan. It also supports our environmental leadership efforts by designing transportation projects that reduce Green House Gas emissions in the city.”

The feasibility study for the Brookside Drive Complete Street Project was made possible by a funding grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 2018 Municipalities for Climate Change Fund.  It is one of three projects being explored with the FCM funding, all three of which were identified as major transportation gaps as part of the Active Transportation Connection Plan completed in 2016.

Public input will form the basis of further discussions around the future plan and its development.  Construction of future upgrades will be incorporated into renewal of above ground and below ground infrastructure; although no City construction work is planned on Brookside Drive in 2019.

The survey for Brookside Drive will be available for viewing and discussion on the city’s website until December 11, 2018. Residents have until then to submit their comments online, or by contacting Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or service@fredericton.ca.