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East Mall Redesign Project Addison, Matthew; Letendre, Adam; Lissel, Jade; Schwartz, Nicholas; Schwarz, John; Trajkovic, Zika; Whitmore, Nicole


East Mall is a key North-South collector road which connects West 16th Ave to the UBC Campus. The study area extends along East Mall from West 16th Ave to Agronomy Road. It is adjacent to multiple sports fields and facilitates vehicle pick-up drop-offs for the many users the fields see. In the future, East Mall will be the main connecting road to the new stadium neighbourhood to be developed at the south-west end of East Mall. This project aims to redesign East Mall with the following benefits. ● Prioritized active modes of transportation by improving the safety of the roadway for cyclists, pedestrians, and busses ● Adding a designated pickup drop-off area to help ease the traffic demand along the adjacent fields ● Addition of pedestrian weather protection at the Agronomy intersection ● Increased stormwater retention on-site These goals will be met with the following infrastructure. Northbound right and Southbound left turning bays will be implemented at Thunderbird Blvd to improve traffic flow with a semiactuated signal installed at Agronomy Road. All intersection crossings will be improved to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety when crossing. A pedestrian weather protection canopy, which ties in to the local architecture, will be installed at the Agronomy intersection to improve the pedestrian experience along the East Mall corridor. Uni-directional fully separated cyclist lanes will be added to increase cyclist safety and ensure the infrastructure is accessible for all ages and abilities. Lastly, an integrated stormwater management system will be implemented, which will focus on modifying existing green space into bioswales and rain gardens for increased stormwater retention on-site. The selected design has an estimated final cost of $2,760,000, with an expected project completion date of August 27th, 2021. 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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