The planned upgrades to the plaza at the intersection of Belleville and Menzies streets seem to be well underway (part of those planned for the Harbour Pathway).
The current work is concentrated at the intersection itself, the 'Belleville Plaza' reconstruction, and the sidewalks/block between Menzies and Oswego (between the Robert Bateman Centre/Starbucks, to Oswego).
This article below is a year old now, but I assume the design and intent hasn’t changed -
“According to a staff report, there are currently a number of issues within the 400 block of Belleville Street, including poor sidewalk conditions, limited right-of-way and the retaining wall, which supports the sidewalk and the road, is near the end of its life.
The area also sees some of the highest pedestrian concentrations in the city, which is only expected to grow with increased tourist activity in the coming years.”
The $3-million project will include the construction of two new retaining walls near the Belleville Terminal, widening sidewalks, adding 12 boulevard trees, a mid-block crosswalk, re-paving the streets between Oswego and Menzies streets, marked on-street bike lanes and redesigning the plaza space at the intersection of Belleville and Menzies.”
“It’s the primary entrance to the Inner Harbour. It’s for every one of the tourists, passengers that get off the Clipper or the Coho and come into the city. It’s the first point of contact with the City of Victoria,” said Dellebuur, the city’s manager of transportation.
“In the coming years, the plaza is expected to improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity and sightlines from Belleville Street to the Lower Causeway, allow for better programing for arts and culture events, and create a simpler, more open and classic design to complement the Steamship Terminal building and the Lower Causeway.”
Edited by Kungsberg, 14 April 2018 - 12:02 PM.