4th Avenue & Main Street - Traffic Signals Upgrades

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4th Avenue & Main Street

We are upgrading the traffic signals at 4th Avenue and Main Street.

This work will involve removing the existing signals and excavating on the four corners to install new pole bases. Existing concrete sidewalks will be removed and replaced with larger pedestrian friendly curb extensions and waiting areas. The traffic signals will be upgraded and include new features such as accessible pedestrian signals, bicycle friendly pushbuttons, and countdown timers.

Background

The traffic signals at 4th Avenue and Main Street are one of the original sets of signals installed in Whitehorse in 1979. The signals have been updated, but have reached the end of their service life and are in need of replacement.

In 2022, Council approved upgrades to the traffic signals. The proposed upgrades include the following:

  • Signal poles and signal heads.
  • Accessible pedestrian signals including accessible pushbuttons and audible indicators.
  • Bicycle pushbuttons.
  • Pedestrian countdown timers.
  • Updated signal timing.
  • Curb extensions and expanded pedestrian waiting area.
  • Curb ramps including tactile warning indicators and score lines.

The proposed upgrades will improve transportation accessibility, equity, mobility, safety, and sustainability by:

  • Accessible pedestrian infrastructure to enable transportation mobility for people with disabilities.
  • Updated signal timing plan to minimize conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles and improve overall traffic flow.
  • Reduced pedestrian/cycling crossing distances.
  • Improved vehicular sightlines.
  • Countdown timers to notify pedestrians and drivers about a pending end of green phase.
  • Bicycle friendly pushbuttons.

What we're asking now:

This phase of engagement focuses on sharing information about the proposed upgrades.

How to get involved:

  • Keep posted to Updates.
  • Use the Ask A Question tool to ask the Project Team a question about the project.

Our promise to you:

We will keep you informed.

We are upgrading the traffic signals at 4th Avenue and Main Street.

This work will involve removing the existing signals and excavating on the four corners to install new pole bases. Existing concrete sidewalks will be removed and replaced with larger pedestrian friendly curb extensions and waiting areas. The traffic signals will be upgraded and include new features such as accessible pedestrian signals, bicycle friendly pushbuttons, and countdown timers.

Background

The traffic signals at 4th Avenue and Main Street are one of the original sets of signals installed in Whitehorse in 1979. The signals have been updated, but have reached the end of their service life and are in need of replacement.

In 2022, Council approved upgrades to the traffic signals. The proposed upgrades include the following:

  • Signal poles and signal heads.
  • Accessible pedestrian signals including accessible pushbuttons and audible indicators.
  • Bicycle pushbuttons.
  • Pedestrian countdown timers.
  • Updated signal timing.
  • Curb extensions and expanded pedestrian waiting area.
  • Curb ramps including tactile warning indicators and score lines.

The proposed upgrades will improve transportation accessibility, equity, mobility, safety, and sustainability by:

  • Accessible pedestrian infrastructure to enable transportation mobility for people with disabilities.
  • Updated signal timing plan to minimize conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles and improve overall traffic flow.
  • Reduced pedestrian/cycling crossing distances.
  • Improved vehicular sightlines.
  • Countdown timers to notify pedestrians and drivers about a pending end of green phase.
  • Bicycle friendly pushbuttons.

What we're asking now:

This phase of engagement focuses on sharing information about the proposed upgrades.

How to get involved:

  • Keep posted to Updates.
  • Use the Ask A Question tool to ask the Project Team a question about the project.

Our promise to you:

We will keep you informed.

  • Construction Notice #1

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    The City of Whitehorse is preparing for construction of the traffic signals at Fourth Avenue and Main Street this summer. The work will involve removing the existing signals and excavating on the four corners to install poles and signals. Existing concrete sidewalks will be removed and replaced with larger pedestrian friendly curb extensions and waiting areas. Here's what you can expect and how you or your property/business may be impacted during construction.


    What can I expect

    • This is what you may see:
      • Trucks, excavators, graders.
      • Workers in hard hats and safety gear.
      • Temporary fencing and signage.
      • Traffic control personnel.
    • This is what you may hear:
      • Sounds typical of construction.
      • Machinery beeping, some increased traffic noises.


    How will I be impacted?

    • You may need more time to walk, cycle, take transit, or drive through the area. We will do our best to minimize traffic disruptions and ensure safety for all road users and construction personnel.
    • You may need to park elsewhere. We often need to park our vehicles as close as possible to the construction site and need space for storing materials and equipment. We will do our best to minimize use of on-street parking and parking disruptions.
    • You may hear loud construction noise during the day.
    • You may notice construction dust. We will do our best to control dust.


    How will my property or my business be impacted?

    • We may need to temporarily close accesses to local properties and businesses during construction. We will work with local properties and businesses to minimize access disruptions.


    When will construction happen?

    • We will update you on anticipated construction start and end dates.


    Who do I contact for questions or further information?

    George Farrow
    Project Manager // Senior Engineering Technologist
    Engineering Services, City of Whitehorse
    george.farrow@whitehorse.ca
    (867) 334 1888

    Contractor: TBA



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