Midtown Gateway Project

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The Midtown Gateway Project is transforming a legacy brownfield site impacted by past industrial activity into a revitalized neighbourhood gateway. It features new complete street transportation corridors, a new naturalized storm water wetland with public walking trails, and enhanced access to our premier recreation complex - Beban Park.

Once fully completed, the Midtown Gateway Project will:

  • Restore a wetland impacted by historical coal mining activity,
  • Create over 2km of new off-street active transportation pathways,
  • Enhance accessibility to Beban Park,
  • Create a public natural area with walking trails, that will also serve as a detention pond during storm events,
  • Unlock a development site for a signature commercial and residential gateway development to the City,
  • Create a new transportation network that will increase the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive, and
  • Improve the safe flow of commercial and industrial goods.

 

Phase 2B Construction Underway

Windley Contracting Ltd., working on behalf of the City of Nanaimo, started construction of Phase 2B in March 2024.  This final phase includes construction of the final surface works, including new roadways and active transportation infrastructure, new and improved intersections and traffic signals, public walking trails, an enhanced access into Beban Park, and upgrades to underground utilities on Rosstown Road.  Construction is expected to last until Fall 2025. 

Current Traffic Advisories

1) The nightly construction and full road closure on Northfield Road, between Bowen Road and Boxwood Road, was not completed last week as planned.  As such, this closure and night work will remain in affect from 6pm to 6am nightly this Monday, May 27 to Friday, May 31. Use detour or expect delays.  Pedestrians and cyclists watch for a separate detour around the work zone. For your safety, please obey all signs and traffic control persons. Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area during this time if possible. All businesses remain open and accessible. Thanks for your patience! 

2) There will be recurring traffic disruptions for the next few weeks:

a) Lane closures on Bowen Road, between Rosstown Road and Northfield Road. Access to Beban Park and Beban Plaza may be affected at times, please use alternate access. All park amenities and programs, and all businesses, remain open and accessible.  Typical work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm. For your safety, please obey all signs and traffic control persons. Thank you for your patience! 

b) Rosstown Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic between Bowen Road and Whitney Road. For your safety, please obey all signs and traffic control persons. Thanks for your patience!

Want to Know More?

Check out the recent construction photos gallery, or the additional information under the tabs below.

Or contact us at midtowngateway@nanaimo.ca

Gallery

  • Progress

    Phase 1 (Complete)

    Phase 1 was completed in 2019 and included site cleanup, environmental remediation, initial ground improvements and construction of a new engineered wetland that also serves as a storm water pond. 

    Phase 2A (Complete)

    Phase 2A started construction August of 2022 and was completed in January 2024. Phase 2A included final ground improvements, underground municipal utilities and installation of two large diameter water supply mains.

    One of the first construction activities that was completed during Phase 2A was Rapid Impact Compaction to further compact the soils beneath the future road corridors. Rapid Impact Compaction, or RIC for short, is a specialized soil compaction technique that involves using an excavator fitted with a hydraulic hammer to repeatedly strike an impact plate.  A brief video of this work can be found here.

    The large diameter water supply mains included in this phase connected to the Midtown Water Supply Upgrades Project. Learn more about this project at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/MidtownWater

    Phase 2B (Current)

    Windley Contracting Ltd., working on behalf of the City of Nanaimo, started construction of Phase 2B in March 2024.  This final phase includes construction of the final surface works, including new roadways and active transportation infrastructure, new and improved intersections and traffic signals, public walking trails, an enhanced access into Beban Park, and upgrades to underground utilities on Rosstown Road.  Construction is expected to last until Fall 2025.

     

  • Documents

    Construction Notices

    Click  here for a copy of the Phase 2B construction startup notice that was delivered to the area surrounding the project site in March 2024.

    Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan

    The Boxwood Connector, which is part of the Midtown Gateway project, was identified as a major road improvement project in the 2014 Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan

    Official Community Plan

    The Official Community Plan identifies the project area as an important corridor and envisions a mix of commercial and residential development. Given the geotechnical and environmental challenges, the site has remained undeveloped leaving a large brownfield property in a prominent gateway location.

     

  • Details

    Below are some infographics for the Midtown Gateway Project.

  • Background

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