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Roadway improvements on Galaran Road

The Town of Sidney will be constructing major roadway improvements on Galaran Road in the summer of 2023 continuing through to December. The project aims to redevelop Galaran Road with on-street parking and safe pedestrian amenities, consistent with the future vision of the existing neighborhood.

This work will comprehensively upgrade 600m of roadway between Beacon Avenue West and Mills Road West. The improvements will include full roadway resurfacing, with curb and gutter, parking, and pedestrian facilities along both sides. Interspersed parking bays and landscape pockets will be strategically placed to calm traffic and act as a buffer for pedestrian comfort. Marked crosswalks with button-activated safety beacons will be installed at key crossing points.

November 2023 – Road improvements have been substantially completed on the first phase of the project between Jahn Place and Henry Ave W.
Signage is being installed in this section together with landscaping along the boulevard areas.
Construction work is now proceeding on the final stage between Henry Ave W and Mills Road. Included in this final stage are road improvements including curbs, sidewalks and paving.
Delays have been experienced due to availability of contract resources and weather conditions which play an important part in the completion of this final stage.
Completion is anticipated now to be early December 2023.

October 2023 – Road milling and paving is planned for Galaran Road from October 3rd to 6th between Jahn Place and Henry Avenue West. No parking is permitted in this area between 7am and 5pm. It is best to avoid this area if possible while the work is underway due to traffic delays. More information can be found here.

August 2023 – The majority of underground utilities have been completed and crews have been working on road work including curbs and sidewalks. Final paving work is expected to be completed by Mid to Late-October 2023 subject to weather and resource availability. Expect delays between Beacon Avenue West and Mills Road West.

May 2023 – Storm drain mains have been installed and water main replacement is nearing completion. Crews will begin road work the week of May 29, 2023. Expect delays between Beacon Avenue West and Mills Road West. Please check back for further updates as work progresses. Expect delays between Henry Avenue West and Mills Road West. Please check back for further updates as work progresses.

Background

Galaran Road was identified as a priority in the 2017 West Side Local Area Plan (WSLAP). Through extensive public engagement, it was determined that improvements were needed to service and connect the differing land uses on either side of the street, and to serve as a gateway to the mixed-use village as it evolves.

The key objectives are to:

  • Improve pedestrian-friendliness along the length of the corridor,
  • Continue to facilitate a moderate industrial use, and
  • Improve connectivity between the different land uses on either side.

Various options for incremental upgrades and phased approaches were discussed through an open-house engagement process following the WSLAP, and it was determined that all roadway, curb, and sidewalk improvements would be completed as one capital project in 2023.

The Beacon West Traffic Study completed in 2021 determined that Galaran Road warranted reclassification from ‘local’ to ‘collector’ street, and reiterated the need for corridor upgrades to Galaran in the short-term, particularly pedestrian facilities and formalized parking. This study also determined the necessity of a roundabout at the intersection of Galaran Road and Beacon West; although this is being constructed as a wholly separate project, it is also being constructed in 2023. Care has been taken to ensure consistency between the two designs..

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at engineeringservices@sidney.ca.