Ross Road bridges and infrastructure

We are replacing two timber bridges in the 1300 block of Ross Road. The bridges are reaching the end of their lifespans, and have limited capacity. At the same time, crews will take this opportunity to upgrade the watermain, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer system on Ross Road (between Mountain Highway and Allan Road).

Work also includes repaving the road, installing new sidewalks on both sides of the street, and adding new street lighting to increase pedestrian safety, including a button-activated flashing crosswalk at Allan Road. Creek enhancements will improve stability and the overall habitat.

To minimize the amount of disruption to the neighbourhood, this work will be done simultaneously. Work will begin in summer 2019 and be completed by spring 2021.

News and updates

Coming up

Here's a summary of upcoming work planned for this spring:

  • Pile driving on the south sections of both bridges
  • North road and sidewalks construction
  • Storm sewer replacements

Work scheduled for later this year and towards the end of the project includes:

  • Final road, sidewalk, and planting restoration
  • New street lights, including a flashing pedestrian crossing at Allan Rd

February 2020 — Construction update

Here's a look at what we've completed so far:

  • Culvert extension underneath Allan Rd
  • Creek stabilization and habitat enhancement at the north half of the project, as well as Coleman Creek and Hastings Creek
  • Positioned half of the walls that will support the new bridges
  • Installed approximately 20% of the utilities, starting with sanitary and storm sewers

Work that is currently in progress and almost complete includes:

  • The north sections of both bridges
  • Underground utilities, including a new lift station and sanitary sewer

Traffic impacts

Temporary traffic configuration

Additional road closures are required to complete critical work within the regional timing window when work may be carried out with the lowest risk to fish and habitat.

Flag persons will be on site to assist with pedestrian, vehicle, and bike movement at critical intersections. 

Ross Rd between Allan Rd and Mountain Hwy

To maintain local and emergency access during construction, Ross Rd will continue to be open to one-way, westbound traffic only. Bicycle and pedestrian access will continue to be maintained both ways on Ross Road during construction.

We anticipate that two-way traffic on Ross Rd will be reinstated closer to the end of the project. 

Traffic map: Eastbound traffic on Ross Rd will be temporarily closed during construction. Westbound traffic will remain open. 

Pathway connecting Ross Rd and East 29th St

Starting September 4, the pedestrian and bike pathway connecting Ross Rd and East 29th St will be closed. Pedestrian detour signs will be installed throughout the neighborhood to direct pedestrian traffic to safe routes.

Pedestrian detour

View details about pedestrian detour routes by clicking on the coloured images on the map.

Project details

Area of work

Construction schedule

Work started in early July 2019. The majority of work will be completed by the end of fall 2020.​

Project scope

  • Bridges — Replacement of two aging timber bridges at Coleman Creek and Hastings Creek
  • Sidewalk — Complete roadway reconstruction, including a new sidewalk on the north side of Ross Road
  • Utilities —  Reconstruction of watermain, sanitary and storm sewers, and construction of a new sanitary sewer pump station
  • Pavement — Full pavement reconstruction
  • Creek — Channel improvements

Bike lanes are not within the scope of this project, but may be considered in a future revision of the Bike Master Plan (BMP).

Project background

Our Asset Management Plan (AMP) for Bridges identifies the Ross Road bridges as priorities for replacement. The sidewalk replacement is identified as a high priority in our Pedestrian Master Plan and the route is well-used by children walking to and from Ross Road Elementary school. 

Drawings, photos

The final product may not appear exactly as pictured.