Metral Drive Complete Street

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Each year the City of Nanaimo (City) undertakes capital improvement projects driven by growth, development, asset management, and other priority-based frameworks. As part of the City’s strategic planning process the 5-year Capital Plan identifies these projects and where possible combines those of similar scope and proximity to achieve economy of scale and a comprehensive product. There are several infrastructure improvements scheduled for construction within the Metral Drive corridor in 2020. As a result, these projects have been combined to create a comprehensive project that helps achieve the City’s goal to create and build a more sustainable, multimodal network that accommodates and moves people - not only motorists.

The Metral Drive Corridor Plan aims to increase the safety and comfort for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive while ensuring that utility upgrades within the project area are completed with the proposed surface improvements.

The complete street concept will provide a comprehensive design that:

  • Ensures comfortable and effective mobility for people of all ages and abilities;
  • Improves safety, especially for those walking, cycling, or taking transit; and
  • Enhances public amenities in the corridor, makes the streetscape more inviting, and provides connection to other trails.

Metral Rendering 


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  • Progress
    Metral - Timeline_v2


    May 2020:  Metral Drive is currently scheduled to be tendered with construction starting in the next few months. Check back often for project updates. 


  • Documents

    Council, staff, and residents have supported complete streets principles dating back to 2002. Over 17 documents and plans have been created over the past 16 years, referencing complete streets or speaking to the principles of creating a greener, sustainable, and multi-model network that accommodates and moves people - not only motorists. 

    In 2014, Nanaimo’s City Council approved the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan (NTMP), which included recommendations to create complete street standards and to expand the cycling network. One identified project included the construction of facilities on Metral Drive from Mostar Rd to Aulds Rd. 

    Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan


    In the spring of 2019, we reached out to the community with an online survey and an open house at Woodgrove Mall. The feedback we received has shaped the development of the functional design for the corridor.

    Open House Events

    Dates & Times

    Woodgrove Centre


    March 23, 2019


    Pleasant Valley Social Centre


    November 27, 2019




    Consultation - Spring 2019:     

    Consultation - Fall 2019:     

  • Details

    The project has been separated into two phases:Metral Map

    Phase I - Mostar Road to Turner Road (2018-2020)

    The objectives for Phase I include the completion of design and construction of Metral Drive from Mostar Road to Turner Road. A consultant was hired to complete a functional and detailed design, with construction currently planned for 2020.

    Metral Phase 1

    Phase II - Turner Road to Aulds Road (2019-2021)

    The functional design for Phase 2 will be completed within the scope of Phase I to provide a more cohesive design. The detailed design and construction of Phase 2 will follow Phase 1.    

    Metral Phase 2

  • Background

    The Metral Drive Corridor project stretches from Mostar Road to Aulds Road and is classified as a major collector road within the Nanaimo network carrying approximately 6500 vehicles a day. It connects the Woodgrove and Nanaimo North Town Center mobility hubs and currently RDN Transit runs the #15, #25, and #30 along the corridor. 

    Located within the Rutherford/Pleasant Valley neighbourhoods, the corridor services commercial land use and multi-family residential at the north and south limits, with single family residential in between. With a school and senior housing along the corridor, it is important to design for all ages and abilities.


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