Humboldt St.

The Humboldt / Pakington Street corridor will form the southern edge of the downtown active transportation network and be a shared roadway where traffic calming will reduce vehicle speeds and traffic volumes to increase the level of comfort for people on bikes sharing the roadway with vehicles.

STATUS: The City of Victoria has started underground infrastructure work on Wharf and Humboldt Streets. These underground infrastructure upgrades are critical for the City to continue to provide stormwater and sanitary sewer services for our growing population. Construction activities will take place between Courtney Street and Douglas Street and will continue through to mid-January 2019.

Throughout the duration of these infrastructure upgrades, there will be intermittent impacts to on-street parking and temporary changes to traffic circulation. Traffic control personnel will be on site to support commercial and transit vehicle access, as well as pedestrian and cyclist safety.

After the underground infrastructure upgrades are complete, the second stage of the Wharf / Humboldt project will begin. This work includes enhanced crosswalks, new public plazas, protected bike lanes and traffic calmed street enhancements.  The final phase of the project will include public realm enhancements such as public art, new street trees and seating. All activities are being coordinated to minimize construction-related impacts on these corridors.

DESIGN: 1km of traffic calmed shared-use design between Vancouver Street and Douglas Street and a 200 metre two-way protected bike lane from Douglas Street to Wharf Street is planned for this corridor.


Throughout 2017 and 2018 staff met with business owners, employees, residents, commercial service providers, emergency service providers, BC Transit, community associations and business associations to get an understanding of the opportunities and constraints to improve mobility options for a diverse range of users on Wharf Street. Engagement phases were as follows:

  • July to October 2017 – Early engagement with key stakeholders
  • September to December 2017 – Consultation on emerging design concepts
  • March 2018 – Consultation on preferred design concepts
  • July 2018 – Engagement on construction management and sequencing with property owners


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