Wakesiah Avenue Corridor Improvements

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 Wakesiah Avenue corridor in 2020 and 2021 and as a result, these projects have been combined to create a comprehensive project.

The Wakesiah Avenue Corridor Plan aims to increase the safety and comfort for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists while ensuring that utility upgrades within the project area are completed in concert 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;
  • Enhances public amenities in the corridor, make the streetscape more inviting, and provides connection to other trails and city facilities;
  • Explores opportunities to integrate sustainable design, such as rainwater management;
  • Identify frontage works for future development. 

Wakesiah Website Scope Sheet (ortho) rev

The plan will include a streetscape vision, improvements to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities, green/sustainable roadway and landscape improvements, and transportation improvements to meet the needs of existing and future users of the corridor.

A survey was completed as part of the project’s public consultation process, thanks to all who took part in it!

Click the button below to access results of the survey:

survey results button working file

Click the button below to access the interactive Story Map!

 Click to access & swipe to view the proposed corridor changes dynamically.

Interactive StoryMap Link




If you have any comments or questions on the proposed improvements contact us at 250-754-4251 or by email at EngineeringInfo@nanaimo.ca.

  • Progress


    Approximate Date

     Public Input April 2019
     Conceptual Design May 2019
     Detailed Design June 2019
     Tendering & Construction  2020 - 2021

  • Documents
  • Details

    The project has been separated into three phases:

    Phase I - Conceptual Design (2019)

    The objectives for Phase I include the completion of a conceptual corridor plan for Wakesiah Avenue from First Street to Sixth street and Fifth Street from Wakesiah Avenue to Highway 19. Conceptual design material will be presented to the public through survey, select information kiosks, this website and targeted consultations with key stakeholders such as Vancouver Island University (VIU), Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS), Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Transit and neighborhood residents through the Harewood Community Association (HCA).

    Phase II - Detailed Design (2019)

    The objectives for Phase II includes completing the detailed design and cost estimate for the preferred infrastructure upgrades and street concepts including road cross sections, storm sewers, watermains, road rehabilitation, and cycling/pedestrian improvements.

    Phase III - Construction (2020-2021)

  • Background

    Located in the University District of south Nanaimo’s Harewood neighborhood, the project area is one of Nanaimo’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. The Wakesiah Avenue Corridor project stretches along Wakesiah Avenue from First Street to Sixth Street and on Fifth Street from Wakesiah Avenue to Highway 19, the Nanaimo Parkway. Wakesiah Avenue is classified a major collector from First Street to Fifth Street, a minor collector from Fifth Street to Harewood Road and neighborhood road from Harewood Road to Sixth Street while Fifth Street is classified an arterial road from the Highway 19 to Wakesiah Avenue.

    The roads serve a mix of residential, commercial and institutional properties with both Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS) fronting Wakesiah Avenue. Several existing land parcels in the project area are either currently under development or have the potential for future development. In addition to VIU and NDSS amenities in the project area that would benefit from corridor improvements and the project's pedestrian and cyclist connections include Colliery Dam Park, the Rotary Bowl, Serauxmen Stadium and sports fields, Third Street Park and the City’s Ice and Aquatic Centers.

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