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100 Street

Project Overview

A big opportunity: Let’s do it right!

The City of Fort St John is starting a process to plan for the replacement of 100 Street: our pipes are aging and need to be upgraded. Last summer’s water main break was a clear indication that the time has come.

We know there’s no easy way to do that (read: lots of digging). We know that construction will have real impacts. We also know that the street upgrades will significantly improve the heart of our downtown. If we’re lucky, we get this chance once in a lifetime, and it’s important that we do it right. And we know that – if the construction is phased and managed properly – these impacts can be much easier to handle.

We recognize that 100 Street must continue to operate as a major transportation corridor within the city – functional for people and cars – and, at the same time, it can be made more attractive and enjoyable in support of a strong and vibrant downtown.

The planning process will help determine the best design for all the different people who use 100 Street – this means businesses, shoppers, drivers (and delivery vehicles), pedestrians & cyclists, and visitors.

The goals of this project are to:

  • Upgrade our City’s infrastructure* to support our community for the next 100+ years (*transportation & servicing corridor, including vehicular & pedestrian movement, potable water, sanitary sewer and storm water systems)
  • Rebuild 100 Street to make it safer for pedestrians and drivers
  • Update 100 Street with improvements including street trees, lighting and furniture
  • Carefully manage construction impacts over the life of the project
  • Provide more enjoyable spaces to spend time downtown (patio cafes, etc.) and connect key destinations like Centennial Park
  • Maintain on-street parking to provide convenient access to shops
  • Support our local economy and downtown businesses

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Let’s Talk 100 Street!

Our pipes are aging and need to be replaced. As part of that work, the City of Fort St. John has an opportunity to jumpstart the Downtown Action Plan through pedestrian-friendly street improvements.

As a first step – well before any construction begins – the City is undertaking a major planning and consultation exercise. We are just getting started and hope you’ll join us in exploring options, developing concepts and creating a plan!

How can you participate?

  1. Read about the project at letstalk.fortstjohn.ca
  2. Stay up to date by subscribing to the 100 Street topic at letstalk.fortstjohn.ca and you will receive News Posts sent right to your email
  3. Check the Get Involved tab to find public consultation opportunities like Open Houses, Workshops, and Surveys

Project Planning

WHAT has been decided already? WHAT’s up for discussion?

We need to upgrade our water and sewer infrastructure under 100 Street and this must happen through extensive construction work. This much we know.

Beyond the “curb to curb” functions (vehicular travel and below-ground utilities), there is much to discuss. The need to improve 100 Street – to make it safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians while energizing the downtown – is a clear community priority reflected again and again in the City’s long-range Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan, Transportation Plan, and Downtown Action Plan.

While the mandate is clear, no specific designs are decided at this point.

Who’s paying for this?

Similar to other capital projects, this project will be funded with Peace River Agreement funding including the planning, design, and implementation of the 100 Street upgrades.

What’s involved?

While construction is underway, the City will work with local residents, property and business owners to implement management measures, including:

  • re-routed traffic patterns;
  • temporary parking;
  • servicing access; and
  • campaigns to support downtown business owners.

The construction will happen in planned phases, starting at 96 Avenue, and progressing north to 110 Avenue.

Project Timeline

As a first step – well before any construction begins – the City is undertaking a major planning and consultation exercise. We hope you’ll join us in exploring options, developing concepts, and creating a plan!

Businesses and property owners along 100 Street are being contacted individually to invite them into the process, and the public will have multiple opportunities to share ideas and concerns with project staff through open houses, workshops, lectures, and walking tours.

 

Sign up for consultation updates at the bottom of the left column on this page and take a look at the “Get Involved” tab for dates and times of public consultation events.

 

Get Involved

Stay informed and get involved!

Front Door on 100 Street Workshop
April 16  |  6-8 pm
North Peace Cultural Centre
This workshop is only for businesses and property owners along 100 Street. RSVP your attendance to 100street@fortstjohn.ca

Open House (public)
May 7  |  5-8 pm  | Drop-in
North Peace Cultural Centre
This first public event is for discussing and gathering information on what matters most for the future of 100 Street. Information collected at the open house will help create actual 100 Street designs during the Design Charrette in June. Open to everyone interested in the project.

Design Charrette (public)
June 11-15
North Peace Cultural Centre
This is a 5-day intensive design process that takes all of your ideas from the May 7 Open House, and progresses them into a draft plan. There will be public lectures, walking tours and workshops, and daily public open houses so you can check in on progress, review concepts, and share your ideas. Open to everyone interested in the project.