12th Ave. Plaza Plans Launched

As I type, hordes of volunteers — including some city councillors and Mayor Fiacco — are downtown handing out information detailing changes coming very soon to Victoria Park and its environs.

We attended a technical briefing earlier and here are a few of things you can expect to see this summer:

11th and 12th Avenues and Lorne and Cornwall Streets will be changing from one-way to two-way. Expect the switch to happen June 12 and for two weeks prior, the lanes that’re actually changing direction will be blocked off to help drivers become accustomed to the new traffic flows. So… during the transition (tail end of May, early June), expect lots of traffic congestion downtown.

As soon as the traffic patterns are changed, construction will begin on the new 12th Avenue Plaza. The road between Lorne and Scarth be resurfaced and decorative lighting and benches will be put in place to make the area useable for festivals, special events and, next summer, the Farmer’s Market. City administration are hoping the work will be largely completed this season and the plaza will be ready to use next spring.

The city’s working with the contractors to keep the downtown accessible throughout construction and work will stop during the Folk Festival, the JazzFest and on I Love Regina Day to accomodate those events.

So, in short: long-range forecast for downtown is lots of heavy machinery kicking up clouds of dust this summer. More news on what’s planned later….

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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2 thoughts on “12th Ave. Plaza Plans Launched”

  1. Just to clarify, Lorne and Cornwall will be two-way only between 11th and 12th Ave. Once the transit stop currently located on the north side of Victoria Park shifts two blocks west to the city parkade and RPL blocks, 18 block Lorne will become the major conduit for buses moving back and forth between 12th and 11th Ave.

  2. Hats off to Paul Dechene for his continual reporting of City Hall events. But I must ask: Why is my major source of City Hall news from the prairie dog website? I read the Leader-Post daily, I tape all 3 local TV newscasts (finger pressed on fast-forward for most), I listen to news radio from CBC to Mr. Gormley, but I have the prairie dog website bookmarked as my major daily source for my city news.

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