Tattersall Drive upgrade in Saanich includes rain gardens for rainwater management
Rain Gardens Support Sustainable Community Goals
Tattersall Drive from Vernon Avenue to Quadra Street in the District of Saanich is slated to receive a comprehensive upgrade through a project funded by local and federal contributions. The project will include new underground utilities, sidewalks and bike lanes to support universal accessibility and sustainable transportation, as well as rain gardens to reduce rainwater runoff into the ocean.
Tattersall Drive provides a primary connection between Quadra Street, the Pat Bay Highway, the Trans Canada Highway, and the new Uptown Development. The projected cost for this project is $3 million.
“The completion of the road will also include landscaped boulevards and parking bays to enhance the road’s appearance and to accommodate residents’ desire for on-street parking. The implementation of bike lanes, sidewalks and rain gardens continues to support the District’s goal of developing a sustainable community,” stated Mayor Frank Leonard.
Rain gardens are ‘green features’ that can make a difference in restoring watershed health over time.
Tattersall Road Upgrade
In 2003 Municipal staff developed a concept plan for Tattersall Drive between Vernon Avenue and Quadra Street. This concept plan, supported by the community and endorsed by Council in 2004, was used to guide the design for the Tattersall Drive Upgrade Project.
Tattersall Drive is a major road which provides a primary connection between Quadra Street, the Pat Bay Highway, the Trans Canada Highway, and the new Uptown Development. Tattersall is an aging road that is in need of a major rehabilitation. The underground utilities on Tattersall are also reaching the end of their functional life and are in need of being replaced.
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Tattersall Drive adjoins the Bowker Creek Watershed where rain gardens have emerged as a key element of the Bowker Creek Blueprint for watershed restoration over the next 100 years. To learn more about this precedent-setting initiative, click here
Posted September 2010