What is the purpose of this project?

    The City is committed to supporting businesses in White Rock by creating opportunities through investment in capital projects that will continue to attract residents and visitors throughout our beautiful seaside community. 

    Our primary objective for the Johnston Road Phase 2 project is to improve the road and sidewalk (east side) for better safety, accessibility, and enjoyment of the downtown core and to create a distinct gateway into White Rock.  This project is a continuation of Phase 1 which was completed in 2018.

    The City is also taking the opportunity to upgrade its underground utilities which are reaching the end of their service life and require replacement and upsizing. These improvements will increase capacity and improve the reliability of the City's infrastructure to better serve our growing community.

    What work is getting done?

    • Significant upgrades and upsizing of storm and sanitary sewers.
    • Watermain replacement and upsizing.
    • Sidewalk replacements on the east side to improve accessibility and remove tripping hazards. Sidewalk on the west side will not be modified.
    • Decorative mid-block pedestrian activated crosswalk with improved visibility for pedestrian safety.
    • Improved transit stop heading north bound.
    • Native vegetation and irrigation.
    • Bike racks, seating areas, and garbage/recycling receptacles.
    • Decorative street lighting (including hanging baskets with irrigation).
    • Sidewalk drainage improvements.

    How long will construction go for?

    The capital project is preliminary scheduled to start in March 2024 and will take approximately 6 to 12 months to complete.

    Who do I contact if I have concerns during the construction process?

    The City will make every effort to minimize the impact of construction on your daily routine and/or business. During construction, we will do our best to address your concerns, so please bring any immediate concerns you may have to Engineering and Municipal Operations by calling 604-541-2181 or emailing capitalprojects@whiterockcity.ca.

    How will I be able to access my residence/business during the construction phase?

    Pedestrians will continue to have full access to residences and businesses on both the east and west side of Johnston Road with various parking options available nearby. 

    We recognize that the project may pose difficulties for residents and small businesses in the area. This is why the City is actively exploring innovative construction management strategies to lessen these effects, including:

    1. Maintaining clear and well-marked sidewalk access to businesses, along with directional signage
    2. Providing free parking in the vicinity to encourage patronage
    3. Seeking additional input and ideas from business owners and residents

    How will the City manage noise associated with construction?

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that comes with construction of a major capital project and appreciate your cooperation and patience.

    During construction, there will be some noise as crews work on portions of the road surface. Crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 7:00pm, with extended hours during evenings and weekends, as needed.

    Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work to complete the Johnston Road Phase 2. We will make every effort to minimize the impact of construction on your daily routine.