Increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic coming into the new Timm’s Community Centre later this month has prompted the construction of a new intersection along Douglas Crescent.
With construction inside the new centre ramping up, and the grand opening celebration slated for Feb. 24, crews are now focusing much efforts on the exterior of the project – including the addition of a new lighted intersection connecting Langley Mall parking lot to the south to the centre’s underground parking facility to the north, said engineering director Rick Bomhof.
“There was a concern about pedestrian and vehicle safety at the access on Douglas Crescent,” he said.
“It was decided to provide a signal to serve the new complex, as well as to the Langley Mall across the street who also cost shared the signal installation.”
In addition to the new intersection, sidewalks and entrances to the joint Timms, City hall, and library are being reconfigured.
The new entrances to the civic complex will be centralized through a new atrium situated in the new wing of the building.
Old entrances will be closed and replaced with one large lobby accessible from a new entrance off Douglas Crescent, an entrance from the parking lot at the rear, or through and elevator or stairs from the underground parking lot.
Over the course of the next few weeks, a lot of landscaping should be complete around City hall and community centre, Bomhof said.
That will include the addition of new sidewalks and walkways, street lights, trees, planters, and even a new street clock (much like the one in front of It’s About Time clock shop down the street) being erected at the corner of 204th Street and Fraser Highway.
In the works
The brand new, state-of-the-art Timms Community Centre is nearing completion with a grand opening celebration set:
When: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4 to 7 p.m.
What: Public event with speeches, tours, demos, live entertainment, and a ribbon cutting.
Where: 20399 Douglas Cres.