The segment of Barrington Street between North and Devonshire was a gap in the Barrington Greenway corridor, had sidewalk infrastructure in need of renewal, and safety concerns due to narrow vehicle lanes. In conjunction with a DND construction project, this section of Barrington Street was rebuilt to improve safety, address active transportation (AT) gaps and prioritize transit. The project was originally piloted as part of construction mitigation and has now been implemented permanently.
This section of Barrington Street is part of a "greenway" connection between the existing Barrington Street Greenway, the Devonshire Avenue bicycle lane, and proposed (AT) connections to the Africville National Historic Site. In addition to the multi-use pathway, this project included upgrades to the sidewalk on the west side of the street and added transit priority measures for buses traveling southbound on Barrington Street.
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Phase One of this project was completed in fall 2018 with the temporary installation of jersey barriers to create a protected space for people to walk and cycle on the east side of Barrington Street between North Street and Niobe Gate.
Phase Two of this project involved the permanent installation of a multi-use pathway on the east side of Barrington Street between North Street and Devonshire Avenue. To make the street more accessible, the sidewalk on the west side of the street was upgraded. Transit priority measures were also added to the west side of the street for buses traveling southbound to allow them to avoid traffic where possible.
Phase Three of this project involves extending the southbound bus lane between Glebe Street and Devonshire Avenue. The west lane (the lane closest to the curb) will be used for buses only between 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. on weekdays between Glebe Street and Richmond Street. Parking will be permitted after 9:00 a.m. Between Richmond Street and Devonshire Avenue, the west lane will be designated for bus use only 24/7, at all times of day and every day of the week. No parking will be permitted at any time.