Binnie was honoured to provide consulting engineering services to the City of Richmond to re-introduce a pedestrian scramble intersection to the province.
The No. 1 Road and Moncton Street intersection is a gateway to Steveston Village. The City required an innovative solution for the previous all-way-stop controlled intersection which frequently failed during peak periods due to significant vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist volumes. There were also safety issues resulting from the confusion of right-of-way for the different road users.
Binnie was retained by the municipality to develop the functional design of intersection improvement options to address safety and mobility for all road users. The preferred option was subsequently carried forward to detailed design following an extensive stakeholder. The new intersection design also incorporated signalization with a pedestrian priority phase – currently the only one in the province – to enhance pedestrian safety. To support the Council’s initiative to create a village atmosphere in Steveston and to promote pedestrian walking trips, traffic calming devices were installed on the approaches to the study intersection to enforce the posted speed limit reduction to 30 km/h.
This high-profile project led by the City of Richmond required significant consultation with the local business organizations, cycling group, walking group, a heritage preservation group, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to ensure the proposed intersection design can accommodate all their needs. Binnie’s project team provided extensive technical support to the municipality and successfully completed the project within a stringent budget.