The Prior Street Working Group was formed after City Council passed a Motion on October 9, 2019 to approve an underpass at the rail crossing on Prior/Venables. The motion included a long list of amendments directing staff to work with the neighbourhood to find ways to calm Prior.

In April 2020, CoV Engineering launched a Pilot Project to test short-term solutions for slowing and reducing traffic. Though hindered greatly by CoVid and BC Hydro roadwork, pilot improvements are still ongoing.

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Traffic Calming Update

November 9, 2023
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Street Calming Update

April 7, 2023

Traffic Calming Measure Location Status Crosswalk Dunlevy Ave & E. Pender St ·  Informed by community feedback, being upgraded to raised crossing with bulges ·  Design is underway, to be installed in late 2023 One way Southbound 400 Campbell St ·  Implementation scheduled for April 2023 30 km/h Speed Zone Neighbourhood wide ·  Implementation scheduled for April 2023 Chicane…

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Prior St Pilot recommendations

June 9, 2022

On May 16, 2022, city staff sent the memo below to City Council, summarizing the improvements made to calm Prior Street during the 2020-21 pilot, the resulting impact on traffic volumes and speeds, and recommendations moving forward. In brief, improvements will remain in place until funding for the underpass is secured. In the interim, further…

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Pilot results and next steps

March 3, 2022

The Prior Street working group met with city staff on Feb. 10 to get an update on the pilot project to reduce traffic volume and speeds. The city recently collected data to compare to data collected 2019 and 2020, which roughly shows a roughly 20% decrease in volume and a 20-40% decrease in driving over…

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Prior St Pilot

July 21, 2021

On July 8, 2021, we met with city staff to discuss progress on the Calm Prior Pilot Project and recent work done: crosswalks, art cars, speed reader boards, etc. Below is a follow-up memo we sent them on July 21 about work that still needs to be done. 24/7 Parking Along the Park We reached…

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Prior St Update

April 29, 2021

PRIOR ST. / HOSPITAL TRUCKS We had a conversation on April 28 with city engineering about Prior St. improvements and hospital truck routes. The good news is that the long-promised bump-outs and turquoise crosswalks should finally be happening in the next month, just in time for the re-activation of Strathcona Park. The bad news is…

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Roadwork on Prior

April 7, 2021

Update (Apr. 7, 2021) Updates from our CoV Engineering liaison person on Prior Street work progress: Concrete in the parking lanes is being repaired as funding was secured following past utility work. The BC Hydro trench was repaired for the same reason. The City recovers repair costs from the third parties concerned when they construct…

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Update (Mar. 18, 2021)

March 20, 2021

The Prior Street Working group met with senior members of the City Engineering, Transportation and Park planning departments on March 18. Here’s what we learned:  Calming Prior project Work so far to calm traffic on Prior has made a modest impact on reducing speed and volume. Progress has been hampered by BC Hydro’s extended street…

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Update (Feb. 16 2021)

February 20, 2021

Updates from our CoV Engineering liaison person on Prior Street work progress: Contractor working on the bus shelter foundations is almost finished. BC Hydro still has some cable pulling to do; they will be on site for the next few weeks. The cable pulling will not impact street restoration. Street restoration beginning Feb 17: The…

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Update (Jan. 29, 2021)

February 20, 2021

Updates from our CoV Engineering liaison person on Prior Street work progress: BC Hydro  BC Hydro requested an extension to complete their duct repair work. Now scheduled to finish civil construction on February 3. Their cable contractor will be on site the week of February. Expect the cabling pull work to be completed within the week, assuming…

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