City to Transform Brookside Drive into “Complete Street”; Construction Starts June 30

Project will prioritize active transportation and infrastructure renewal for Fredericton’s fastest-growing area

The City of Fredericton is taking advantage of planned and much-needed water, sewer and storm sewer upgrades on Brookside Drive to transform the busy corridor into the City’s first “complete street” that prioritizes space for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, along with the high number of motor vehicles that travel the street every day.

By making thoughtful room for pedestrians, cyclists and those wanting to take the bus instead of a car, the City is bridging a major gap in its Active Transportation System, which provides space and opportunities for people-powered movement around Fredericton. Indeed, the bike lanes will link residential areas at the northern end of Brookside to the popular Northside Trail, and helps establish better connectivity to the 645-hectare Killarney Lake Park.

“This project is another demonstration of Fredericton’s commitment to environmental leadership,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien. “When we provide residents with the option to walk and bike safely to their destination, we provide them with an option to commute in a way that is better for their health and the environment.”

The 2020 construction represents the first phase of work in the 3-year project. This first phase, between Rose Court and Oakland Ave, will include a full renewal of all water and sewer pipes, storm sewer pipes and fire hydrants in addition to the street and curbs. New sidewalks will be added on both sides of the street to improve access to transit stops, and raised and widened bike lanes will be built on both sides of Brookside. This first phase, which will begin on June 30, is expected to take about four months.

The new bike lanes and the infrastructure upgrades - needed to protect drinking water, safeguard the sanitation system and guard against flooding - will require City foresters to remove a number of trees, many of which are either declining and/or poorly located in close proximity to electrical infrastructure. Parks and Trees will then plant at least 25 new trees, the species and locations of which will be a better fit for the renewed corridor.

“This area around Brookside Dr is one of the fastest-growing parts of the City,” said Director of Planning and Development Ken Forrest. “Fredericton’s Municipal Plan anticipates even more people moving to this area, which is why we are moving to make it even more welcoming and liveable by linking different neighbourhoods together with the goal of creating a more complete community. The emphasis on Active Transportation and keeping pace with appropriate infrastructure are both essential elements of that.”

Dylan Gamble, Fredericton’s Director of Engineering and Operations, agreed, explaining that the booming population in the Brookside Dr area is why upsizing the sanitary sewer system, for instance, is vital. “City infrastructure needs to grow and adapt to the population it serves,” he said. “The work we’re doing on Brookside in the next few years is designed to meet this need by ensuring the proper infrastructure is in place from a health and safety perspective.”

For more information on this project and other construction projects happening in Fredericton, visit Fredericton.ca/construction.