Functional Planning: The functional planning stage is where we identify different route options for a new walking or cycling facility and concepts for what it could look like on the street. A major component of the functional planning process includes stakeholder and public engagement. Based on feedback we receive from stakeholders and the public, we will evaluate and refine on our initial concepts. We then select an option and begin design and cost estimating. In this stage, we may also do additional studies to help support decision-making. The final result is a design that is 30% complete with an estimate of how much it will cost to build. At the end of the functional planning phase for bicycle lanes and local street bikeways, recommendations may be brought to Regional Council for direction to move forward with the facility as proposed.
Preliminary Design: The preliminary design stage helps to refine the designs from the functional planning process and get them ready for detailed design. This is also the stage where we begin to coordinate with groups inside and outside of HRM to determine how to make the new facility possible. This may mean negotiating with land owners, figuring out how drainge will work, or getting permission to move utility poles.
Detailed Design: The detailed design stage is about getting our designs ready for construction. This includes preparing final designs for drainage, intersections, and traffic signals. Once the designs are nearing completion, several HRM departments review the designs to ensure that they are able to be constructed and meet the needs of each department. The final drawings and cost estimates are then prepared.
Construction: Based on the detailed designs, HRM will issue a tender for construction. This is how we select which company will build the new facility. Depending on weather, construction can happen from May to December. The construction company builds the new facility according to the detailed designs. When it’s done, the new facility is open for walking or cycling!