2016-2017 | Surrey, BC – 100 Avenue is a heavily traveled arterial road connecting the City of Surrey’s increasingly busy commercial districts of Central City and Guildford Town Centre. As part of its larger arterial widening program, the City sought to widen 100 Avenue from 140 Street to 148 Street.
The 100 Avenue corridor was under capacity for current traffic demands and expected to experience additional pressure from the City’s rapid growth. Traffic volumes were also expected to spike during construction of the Surrey LRT L-Line, during which traffic will be partially detoured onto 100 Avenue. The potential reduction in capacity on 104 Avenue would also increase the demand for 100 Avenue to become the link between Surrey City Centre, Guildford Town Centre, and Highway 1 at 160 Street. 100 Avenue also travels through one of Surrey’s flagship parks, the Green Timbers Urban Forest. The Green Timbers Heritage Society maintains and constructs trails and enhances natural areas within the park boundary. Preservation of trees and minimizing the environmental impacts of the roadway widening were vital to the projects. McElhanney developed and innovative roadway alignment and cross section that managed to save 150 trees over the initial proposed design. McElhanney also proposed a parking lot and improvements to the maintenance to Green Timbers Park to improve access for residents.
McElhanney provided communication and liaison services, conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design services, as well as post-construction services. The project began early 2016 and is forecast for completion in early 2018.
The upgraded road better accommodates current and future traffic volumes. New pedestrian and cycling facilities are improving safety, and encouraging residents to use alternative modes of transportation.
Several sustainable design practices were incorporated into this design including rain gardens, adjustable LED street lighting, grade separated cycletracks, low acoustic pavement design, and urban wildlife crossings.