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Corridor Redesign of Chancellor Boulevard : Final Design Report Lubberding, Mackenzie; McPherson, Tamara; Stewart, Andy; Leung, Max; Hill, George


The transportation infrastructure that currently exists in the Chancellor Boulevard Corridor is either in a state of disrepair or it is not meeting the safety and functional needs of its users. The problem with upgrading this corridor is that as it is owned by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; UBC SEEDS must have a design that is able to prioritize safety, pedestrians and alternate transportation in the most cost effective manner possible in order to receive cost sharing. According to our modelling and research, a mix of modifications and upgrades to the corridor will significantly increase the safety, usage and efficiency of the corridor in a cost effective way. To address the problems outlined above, Three-Way Engineering proposes the following: 1. Reduction of Traffic Speeds: Through the reduction in the number of lanes for motorized vehicles, there will no longer be vehicles travelling at higher speeds as they attempt to pass others. A posted speed limit of 50km/h is also planned to reduce overall speeds. 2. Increased Safety/Priority of Pedestrians, Cyclists and Buses: The conversion of the north set of lanes through the corridor into a pedestrian and cyclist pathway will separate the vehicle traffic and cyclists, making the corridor significantly safer and more desirable for the cyclists travelling to the University. By constructing bus stop pull-outs we are able to give buses the space they require without disrupting flow. 3. Increased Efficiency (Less stop-and-go): The removal of the signals at Hamber Road and the construction of a large raised traffic circle means that traffic will flow without stoppage, and at “rush hour” periods there will be less overall congestion due to signals. 4. Future Demand: Every aspect of the modifications and upgrades in the corridor have been designed with the future expected usage of the corridor in mind. The final product will be able to handle the next 10 years of traffic with minor needs for typical roadway repairs. In order to successfully complete this project with minimal disruptions to traffic and produce a final product that will have the ability to meet current and future demands, a budget of approximately $6,600,000 is required. 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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