The Region of Waterloo and the City of Waterloo are collaborating to redesign a strip of King Street North running from Erb Street to University Avenue in order to make it more pedestrian-friendly.
The region says it hopes to make King Street North more accessible for all modes of transportation and to create an environment that is more attractive to work, shop, live and play.
The plan would widen sidewalks and bike lanes, while narrowing lanes for vehicles and limiting car traffic to one lane in each direction along King Street North.
Some of the proposed changes to King Street include:
- From where the LRT tracks cross King, south of Erb Street to Bridgeport Road planners are proposing to reduce car traffic to one lane in either direction and include a 1-metre wide painted centre median along this section of the route, as well on-street parking and dedicated bike lanes.
- From Bridgeport Road to Central Street, King will include a continuous left turn lane in the centre of the road as well as on-street parking and dedicated bike lanes.
- From Central Street to University Avenue, King Street will be limited to one lane of traffic in either direction with a continuous left turn lane in the centre of the road as well as dedicated bike lanes.
- Planners are proposing to remove the pedestrian signals on King at Wilfrid Laurier University and Marshall Street and replace it with a pedestrian crossing refuge as well as landscape islands where feasible.
Melissa Durrell, the City of Waterloo councillor for Ward 7, said she's concerned about potential problems that could arise from narrowing King Street in some sections to only a single lane for cars in either direction.
"I'm concerned that without having that third lane, allowing cars to turn left or going around buses, we're creating a space that will cause too much congestion," she said.
Public consultations on the proposed streetscape redesign start Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hauser House inside Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive.
What do you think of the proposed redesign? Here's a replay of our live chat from earlier this morning on this issue: