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Burlington’s Plains Road to become more cycling-friendly

Burlington’s Plains Road to become more cycling-friendly

The long-awaited redevelopment of Plains Road is set to begin. The Plains Road protected bikeways and resurfacing project will begin soon and is expected to be complete by November 2022.

Following the Cycling Plan, the Plains Road Protected Bikeway and Resurfacing project will build cycling infrastructure that will allow all users to feel safer using a bike as their mode of transportation. Plains Road has been designated as part of a network of connected cycling facilities across the city that will provide more protection for cyclists and is intended to be used for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Plains Road Bikeway and Resurfacing Project Details

•             The project extends from Waterdown Road to Spring Gardens Road

•             A paved bike path on the north side boulevard of Plains Road West will be created

•             A protected on-road bike lane will be installed on the south side of Plains Road

•             Protected bike intersections will be installed. A first of its kind for Burlington, these intersections are designed to increase physical separation from motor vehicles, improve sightlines, reduce the likelihood of highspeed vehicle turns and significantly reduce the distance and time during which cyclists are at higher risks of an accident with a vehicle

•             New and upgraded transit stops will be installed to accommodate the cycling infrastructure as well as reduce conflict points between cyclists and buses

•             Resurfacing with select curb and sidewalk replacements to improve drainage and accommodate the new cycling infrastructure

•             Upgrades to streetlights and new traffic signals

Low Impact Design Elements

Low impact design elements were built into this project with the installation of a rain garden at the intersection of Howard Road and Plains Road West, featuring 18 new trees and a variety of different grass species and flowers. This rain garden will improve and enhance storm water conveyance and quality before discharging into our freshwater systems. It will also serve as a cooling and retention system lowering the temperature and reducing the volume of storm water entering our storm sewer systems and creeks. This promotes fish habitat and reduces algae bloom, as well as reduces stress on our storm sewer systems during storm events.

Noted Janine Yaromich, Manager of Design and Construction, “The proposed active transportation facilities included in this project will reduce points of conflict between different modes of transportation and encourage more cycling along Plains Road West.”

For more information on this project, visit burlington.ca/plainsroadresurfacing.

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