Saanich is a district of the Greater Victoria Area, located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Construction for the first street in the District of Saanich (BC) to undergo redesign under Complete Streets was completed and opened to the public in May 2015.
Nine hundred meters of Cook Street has been upgraded to “reduce GHG emissions, improve stormwater quality, increase safety for all communters and provide an inviting environment for residents,” according to Saanich’s recent news release. Construction for this 5.6 million dollar project began in August 2014 as a project under the neighborhood’s Quadra Local Area Plan. Cook Street’s renovations reflect this community plan’s vision to create vibrant, inclusive, and safe neighbourhoods for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in the area.
Specifically, Cook Street’s upgrades consist of: new asphalt on the roadway, 1.8 kilometers of new and refurbished sidewalks and cyclist lanes, new underground municipal utilities, traffic safety improvements, and 45 new trees planted alongside the road.
Cook St is the first of three projects in Saanich, which together form the Complete Streets Concept Design Project, launched in 2012. Glanford Ave (see project documents) and Tillicum Road between Carey Road and the Trans Canada Highway (completed 2015, see project documents) make up the other two.