Bearinger Road Project

March 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm 1 comment

Thanks to The Waterloo-Wellington Bloggers Association for pointing me towards this article.

Some much needed improvements have come to Bearinger Road recently. In 2009, the City of Waterloo applied for funding from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to replace asphalt, create bike lanes and a multi-use trail, and repair curbs and sidewalks where needed, between Albert Street and Westmount Road North.

Over the winter, IBI Group consultants did a thorough analysis of that stretch of the road, and confirmed that additional operational enhancements would benefit all users of this street in the long term.

The proposed improvements include:

  • constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Bearinger Road and Hagey Boulevard.
  • implementing a road-diet approach that will turn the four travel lanes on Bearinger Road between Westmount Road North to Glen Forrest Boulevard into five lanes: two vehicle lanes + two bike lanes + one turning lane.
  • creating pedestrian refuge islands at strategic locations along the corridor.

The consultants’ recommendations would enhance the work that’s already been done on Bearinger Road, not undo any repairs that have been completed. Their report looks to the future, making recommendations that will meet the needs of this road and its users until 2031.

This stretch of Bearinger Road is a four-lane road that has extremely low traffic volumes, a combination that often leads to speeding and collisions. In fact, a road of this size can accommodate up to 35,000 vehicles per day – Bearinger Road only has 8,000. A two-lane road, in contrast, can take 20,000 to 25,000 vehicles per day, which is three times its current volume.

The goal of these improvements is to make Bearinger Road safer for everyone. The roundabout, road diet and pedestrian refuge islands would make a significant difference for the people who frequent this road.

City staff are now working through a public information process to inform people about these proposed enhancements.

There is a lot of information available about this proposed project. Below, click on the fact sheet, frequently asked questions, proposed cross section illustration or panels from the March 9, 2010 open house to learn more about the proposal.

For more information:
Chris Hodgson, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Capital Projects and Services
519-886-2310, ext. 304


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  • 1. Darcy Casselman  |  March 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    *Hattip*, glad to be of service. 🙂

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