Phase One

1st Street Mobility Corridor

Casano Loutet Overpass

Jones Street overpass from West 21st Street to the highway #1

Phase Two

Esplanade Complete Street

Upper Levels Greenway

Phase Three

Mid-town connector through Central Lonsdale

St Davids Greenway

Chesterfield from Chadwick to 13th

Esplanade Complete Street

We’re redesigning Esplanade to create a safer, more comfortable experience for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining sufficient road capacity for transit, trucks and passenger vehicles.

Latest Construction Update

View the Report to Council - September 16, 2022.

Note that paving will take place September 26-October 6. Learn more at

We’ve taken a Complete Street approach to ensure that we consider people of all ages and abilities, support all modes of transportation, maintain access to local businesses and create a new experience that feels vibrant and welcoming. 

The new design for Esplanade was created after an extensive community consultation process, along with guidance from Council-approved policy, including our Safe Mobility Strategy. Throughout this process, safety was identified as the single most important issue to be addressed when reimagining the corridor.

Once complete, Esplanade will include:

  • Protected mobility lanes
  • Two travel lanes in each direction
  • Curbside areas for passenger pick-up, drop-off and deliveries
  • Wider sidewalks, more street trees and places for people to sit and gather

Esplanade Complete Street project area

Construction Schedule and Updates

All phases of construction are underway with substantial completion expected in late 2022.

What’s Happening Now

Construction is currently underway as noted.

Forbes Avenue between 3rd Street and Esplanade

  • Multi-use path on the east side of Forbes is closed. Detours for westbound and northbound cyclists are in place. Watch for detour signage and avoid the work zone.
  • The sidewalk on the west side of Forbes remains open.
  • The existing on-street bike lane on the west side of Forbes remains open.
  • Coordination with the development site at 63 Mahon may result in temporary detours and traffic changes during construction hours.

Esplanade Between Mahon and Lonsdale - North Side

  • Mahon is now permanently closed at Esplanade as part of the new development of Alcuin College.
  • Some parking will be retained during construction between Mahon and Semisch.
  • Left turns will be mostly maintained at Chesterfield and Lonsdale.
  • Occasional closures on Chesterfield between Esplanade and 1st Street may require vehicle detours during active construction hours. Watch for signage.
  • Bike lane retrofits are underway. Cyclists should expect detours onto the roadway or can choose alternate routes when travelling west.
  • Coordination with the two development sites in this segment may result in temporary detours and traffic changes during construction hours.

Esplanade Between Lonsdale and St Georges

  • On-street parking is restricted on both sides of the street.
  • Bike lanes are maintained in both directions through the work area.

During construction, every effort will be made to minimize impacts on neighbouring residents, businesses and roadway users. One travel lane in each direction will remain open at all times, along with a clear bicycle route in each direction. 

Throughout the construction schedule, the City is committed to:

  • Maintaining safe access to businesses and residential buildings
  • Ensuring safe routes for people walking and cycling through the area
  • Proactively managing traffic and noise impacts
  • Providing access to parking within parkades in the project area
  • Providing regular project updates


During construction, on-street parking will be unavailable on blocks with active construction. There are many nearby parking options, with over 2,000 parking spaces available in parkades within a 3 minute walk of Esplanade.

Lower Lonsdale parking map

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