Cardena Safety Improvements

Next phase of Cardena construction

The next phase of construction for Cardena safety improvements began September 9 and is estimated to take up to 11 weeks. The 3 hour parking spaces on Cardena will be closed for the duration of the project, and the ferry passenger pickup/drop-off area may be temporarily relocated to the west side of the library parking lot. Please follow the direction of signage and traffic controllers.

The bus stop on Cardena may be temporarily relocated during phases of the project but will otherwise remain in the same spot. Traffic control personnel will be present during all phases of work and will assist turnaround of buses.

Construction update as of October 20, 2019

Road work on Cardena Drive continues after a brief delay due to weather.

Work completed to date:

  • surveyed layout
  • clearing and grubbing to limits of the construction
  • construction signage and traffic control in place and functioning well
  • installation of underground storm drainage and catch basins
  • layout for East side of Cardena parking pullout, new sidewalk and roundabout
  • pouring segments of concrete for curb and gutter

Work yet to be completed:

  • finish curb and gutter
  • sub-base prep for asphalt sidewalk
  • sub-base prep for road
  • sub-base prep for roundabout
  • laying of asphalt for sidewalk, road and roundabout

The completion of the project is likely to be extended to 11 weeks due to inclement weather.

Improvements to the safety and functionality of Cardena Road at Bowen Island Trunk Road were identified as a priority in the Transportation Plan and in Island Plan 2018, Council’s strategic plan.

An engineering study conducted in 2016 identified the alignment of the intersection, pedestrian safety and pavement markings as three key concerns.

The community has also shared its concerns about traffic safety in this area. Peak travel times bring a lot of traffic, including vehicles and foot passengers loading and unloading the ferry, vehicles picking up and dropping off passengers and needing a place to turn around, and buses waiting for passengers. Visibility may be reduced after dark or due to weather conditions.

Accessible pedestrian walkways need to be on both sides of Cardena Road to reduce the number of pedestrians walking on the road. A proper turn-around area is needed for vehicles so that they don’t need to do three-point turns. Buses need a place to wait for passengers outside of the traffic lane so that vehicles don’t have to use the oncoming traffic lane to pass them.


An overview of the projects that will be done to improve Cardena Road

  Improvement Timeline
1. Rock Wall (Complete) April 2018
2. Road Widening (Complete) April 2018/Spring 2019
3. Paving Summer 2019
4. Roundabout 2019/2020
5. Bus Shelter 2020

Rock Wall: Complete

Construction of the rock wall and passenger exchange area

The new rock wall opened more road width for realigning the lanes to the intersection and also expanded the existing passenger exchange area.  The new passenger exchange has a proper vehicle stopping lane, protected pedestrian area and connecting walkway to the intersection and the ferry.

Road Widening: Complete

Road widening of Cardena will take place in 2018 and 2019

This work prepared a wider roadbed for paving.  The resulting road width accommodates the passenger exchange vehicle stopping lane, a new bus bay, the future accessible sidewalk, and the future roundabout.


Road paving and sidewalk installation

The entire road will be paved to include the passenger exchange, bus bay and parking spaces.  A sidewalk will be installed on the west side of the road to provide accessible connections between transit, the causeway and Bowen Island Trunk Road.  The sidewalk will be wired for low-level pedestrian lighting.


Installation of a roundabout

The design of this roundabout will facilitate safe turnaround of vehicles, including buses.

Bus Shelter

Bus shelter installation

To provide a shelter from the elements with seating and transit information.

The future of Cardena

Cardena Road in 2020

In 2020, the Cardena intersection will be safer, more functional and more attractive for all users.

Last Updated on 2019-10-30 at 10:05 AM