If you haven't heard, Vancouver's downtown Richards Street is getting a serious makeover. Though the new additions sound wonderful, the Vancouver Richards Street construction will be making a long-winded impact on traffic between Cordova and Pacific Streets. Buckle up, Vancouverites, the construction kicks off on Monday, January 6 and it will continue for 15 months. 

If you have any reason to venture into this area, whether you work or live downtown, you're going to want to start planning your new route ASAP.

The refreshed street will include upgrades on “critical street infrastructure,” according to the City of Vancouver’s website. “The project includes the introduction of green infrastructure and transportation upgrades to benefit all users,” it continues. 

The city will be adding stormwater tree trenches to make sure there is less runoff in the streets. Therefore, if you’ve ever been splashed by a vehicle while walking, that may not be a thing anymore.

There will also be 100 new trees added “to increase the urban forest downtown.”

If you're tired of the big city hustle, this might give you a little midday nature refresh right downtown.

A few more changes include new traffic signals, better sidewalks, street repaving, sewer upgrades, and two new Mobi bike stations.

If you’re someone who loves a good bike ride, you’re probably wondering what the makeover looks like for you. Don’t you worry, it’s going to be good once the construction is finished.

Expect a brand new bike lane once the update is complete. There will be a north-south connection to Gastown and False Creek, better connections with east-west routes, and safer intersections for bikers.

The City advises that you plan ahead by checking out road closures before venturing downtown.

Though they will be working to minimize impacts on commuters as much as possible, traffic will be reduced to a single lane and some access to sidewalks will be affected.

“Detours around active construction areas may be in effect for people walking,” says the project’s webpage.

Construction hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. So, pretty much exactly when the downtown workforce will be commuting.

Traffic is never ideal, especially in this city, so be sure to do your research before Monday.

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