Mission, BC—The City of Mission is excited to share important project updates for the 7th Avenue Greenway: the project team has completed the design, the project has received a generous British Columbia Active Transportation Infrastructure grant, and construction is anticipated to commence in 2022.
Over two rounds of engagement in the spring and summer of 2021, the City heard from hundreds of community members and stakeholders on their aspirations, concerns, and preferences on three different design concepts for the future greenway.
Based on feedback and technical analysis, the project team has completed the design for the 7th Avenue Greenway, and the finishing design details are now being finalized for tender and construction. The design has a significant focus on safety, traffic flow, and the project team has worked to understand and minimize impacts to parking and loading.
“One of the best parts of living in Mission is enjoying our outdoors, but for too long our options for active transportation have been limited and antiquated,” said Mayor Paul Horn. “By starting this Greenway Project, Mission is signalling a desire to think differently and to allow people new, healthy, and inexpensive ways to move around our community.”
Design features include: significant safety features for pedestrian safety, accessibility and comfort; a two-way protected mobility lane that protects users from motor vehicle traffic on the north side of 7th Avenue; and features that improve traffic flow. Additionally, on-street parking has been retained on both sides of the street in the areas of highest parking demand, all existing driveway accesses have been maintained, and landscaping and public realm improvements have been included.
The City of Mission has received generous funding from the British Columbia Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant program, and construction will be underway in 2022 for Phase One from Grand Street to Heritage Park. The future greenway is an extension of the existing East Mission Heritage Greenway and, upon completion of all phases, will provide a continuous connection Wren Street in the west to Dewdney Trunk Road in the east.
“Our provincial government’s investments in active transportation infrastructure help provide active and affordable travel choices for people commuting to the places they work, learn, play and socialize,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission on behalf of Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.”
At completion of both phases, the 6.5 km greenway route will provide a safe and convenient space, for people who want more choice in how they move around the city for commuting, health, and leisure. The future greenway will support all forms of active transportation and recreation, including walking, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and people using strollers or other mobility aids.
This project will help to meet important focus areas in the City of Mission’s Strategic Plan. The greenway will also help the City to do its part to support the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Regional Growth Strategy.
For more information on the 7th Avenue Greenway, please visit engage.mission.ca/7th-avenue-greenway
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