Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are advised that a new path for pedestrian use and the newly completed extension of Harbour Road – creating an access driveway to the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel – are now open at the intersection of Esquimalt and Harbour Roads.
The newly repaved E&N trail and sidewalks will allow pedestrians to avoid walking along Esquimalt Road in the bike lane, helping improve both cyclists and pedestrian safety. The new extension of Harbour Road now connects the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel and will immediately improve vehicle access for hotel guests and will eventually serve as entry to the future waterfront green space.
The bike lane along Esquimalt Road will now be solely dedicated to cyclists as pedestrians will now follow the new Harbour Road sidewalk or E&N trail past the Delta Hotel and along the waterfront, connecting again with Esquimalt Road at the bridge. Signs will be in place to make commuters aware of the changes.
The area remains a construction zone and drivers should watch for construction signs and posted speed limits. Harbour Road north of Esquimalt will remain closed to both north and southbound vehicles as construction continues on the west side of the bridge. Cyclist and pedestrian access will continue to be maintained. The next phase of noticeable work will be seen on the downtown side, as the relocation of hydro utilities gets underway in January.
Once complete, more than 50 per cent of the new bridge will be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will include on-road bike lanes, a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and a dedicated pedestrian pathway in addition to maintaining three lanes for vehicles. Three new plaza areas for the public to sit and view the harbour and a new waterfront park are also planned enhancements to the area as a result of the bridge project.