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UBC Intersection Redesign Project Eng, Greg; Hot, Emir; Ostereicher, Adam; Thompson, Sarah; Tran, David; Shklyar, Alexandr


The chosen design replaces the current 2-way stop intersection at Marine Drive and Chancellor Boulevard with a single-lane roundabout that includes a separated pedestrian viewing platform. The cost of the project is expected to be $1.7M with a 6 month construction period from May - October 2016. The new intersection will create a safe and user friendly environment befitting of a UBC gateway. The design emphasizes alternative forms of travel, Musqueam partnership, and user safety. For increases in traffic volume during construction, such as the May graduation ceremony, careful planning will ensure that congestion is minimized. The designed single-lane roundabout utilizes a 40 meter diameter circle and is capable of efficiently handling the projected maximum flow for the 15 year design life. All incoming lanes will have their alignment and width adjusted to incorporate the new roundabout and promote more green space. Bicyclists will be able to use the marked bicycle lanes on all roads and pedestrians will be able to access one of the four signalized crosswalks on each corner; making it user-friendly for all forms of travel. The added green space and signage will revamp the area and give it a modern gateway feel. The viewing platform will overlook the North Shore mountains and the Burrard Inlet, use sustainable construction material, and will incorporate a Musqueam inspired design. A call for local Musqueam artists will be made to promote community building and ensure that the native community has a voice in the project. The 7 meter high platform, which has a 358 m2 ground area, will be supported by hidden concrete retaining walls. Timber composite beams and cross-laminated timber panels will be exposed on the facade. The stormwater management plan will ensure that UBC’s commitment to environmental sustainability is maintained both during and after construction. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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