Wakesiah Avenue Corridor Improvements - Postponed


As part of its planning process, the City of Nanaimo identifies and combines projects of similar scope and proximity to achieve a more economical and comprehensive product. In some cases the project scope grows and exceeds the available budget; in these instances the project must be postponed to maintain fiscal responsibility. As such, the Wakesiah Avenue Corridor Improvement Project scheduled for construction in 2020/21 has been postponed to 2024 through to 2026.

Below is a brief summary of the project with links to results of the public survey undertaken, the concept plan and design report, which documents decisions made through the conceptual design stage.

Wakesiah Corridor Scope Sheet (ortho) rev3


The Wakesiah Avenue Corridor improvement Project aims to increase the safety and comfort of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists while ensuring 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. 
  • Address the corridors aging infrastructure.


A survey was completed as part of the project’s public consultation process, thanks to all who took part in it; click the tab below to access it's results

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 Click the tab below to view the proposed corridor changes dynamically.

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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
     50% Detailed Design Jan 2020
     Tendering & Construction  2024 - 2026

  • 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 - 50% Detailed Design (2020)

    With the project's postponement, the objective for Phase II is to complete the 50% detailed design and cost estimate by January 2020. The design will then be suspended until 2022/23 when it will be resumed and completed.

    Phase III - Construction (2024-2026)

  • 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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