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 is being rebuilt to improve safety, address active transportation (AT) gaps and prioritize transit. The project was piloted as part of construction mitigation and is being implemented permanently in 2019.
This section of Barrington Street is part of an envisioned "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 for people walking and cycling, the permanent phase of this project looks to upgrade the sidewalk on the west side of the street and add transit priority measures for buses traveling southbound on Barrington Street.
View the full staff report on this project
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 involves the permanent installation of a multi-use pathway on the east side of Barrington Street between North Street and Niobe Gate. To make the street more accessible, the sidewalk on the west side of the street will be upgraded. Transit priority measures are also being added to the west side of the street for buses traveling southbound to allow them to avoid traffic where possible. This project is currently under construction and should be finished by the end of August 2019.
Spring 2019 –Construction of the permanent multi-use pathway begins, along with upgrades to the sidewalk and transit priority measures on the west side of Barrington Street.
Fall 2018 –Temporary installation of the multi-use pathway on Barrington Street using jersey barriers. Staff monitored the project to influence design and installation of a permanent pathway.
September 2018 – Regional Council approves implementation of the Barrington Street Complete Streets project based on the staff report.
December 2017 –Regional Council adopts the Integrated Mobility Plan, which includes the Barrington Greenway Extension project as part of the Priority Planning Projects for multi-use pathways and this section of Barrington Street as a transit priority corridor.
September 2014 -Regional Council approves Making Connections: 2014-19 Halifax Active Transportation Priorities Plan. There is direction in this plan to extend the Barrington Greenway to Niobe Gate from the foot of the Macdonald Bridge.