Elizabeth Avenue Shared Use Path and Road Improvements

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Map of Elizabeth Ave Reconstruction and Shared Use Path Project - Phase 1 and Phase 2

A portion of Elizabeth Avenue is being reconstructed, from its intersection with Bonaventure Avenue to its intersection with Freshwater Road, adding a shared use path between Bonaventure Avenue and Paton Street. The shared-use-path will run along the north side of the street. The addition of a shared use path creates an active transportation network to allow people of all ages and abilities to safely get where they need to go, using whichever mode of active transportation they choose. It will also improve road safety as the existing driving lanes will be reconstructed, while traffic signal control will be added at the Elizabeth Avenue/Newtown Road intersection to address safety concerns and allow pedestrian crossings on all intersection approaches. The crosswalk at the Elizabeth Avenue/Whiteway Street and intersection will be upgraded.

Check out the detailed visuals in the document library.

The City is prioritizing projects that help create a comprehensive active transportation network and where work can be completed during planned rehabilitation and construction within other infrastructure projects. By piggy-backing on roads rehab to upgrade active transportation along Elizabeth Avenue, we will reduce overall cost and avoid future tear up (cost avoidance).

Council approved the Bike Master Plan in 2019. Its vision is to create “a safe, inclusive, and convenient cycling network that is well-connected, attractive and reflective of the City’s unique topography and climate. As part of an integrated mobility network, this is supported by policies and programs that promote a cycling friendly culture.” (Bike Master Plan, 2019)

Work is planned for the following sections:

  • 2023: Bonaventure Avenue to Westerland Road
  • 2024: Westerland Road to Freshwater Road

The active transportation path will ultimately connect to Kelly’s Brook Shared-use Path to create an east-west cycling network.


A portion of Elizabeth Avenue is being reconstructed, from its intersection with Bonaventure Avenue to its intersection with Freshwater Road, adding a shared use path between Bonaventure Avenue and Paton Street. The shared-use-path will run along the north side of the street. The addition of a shared use path creates an active transportation network to allow people of all ages and abilities to safely get where they need to go, using whichever mode of active transportation they choose. It will also improve road safety as the existing driving lanes will be reconstructed, while traffic signal control will be added at the Elizabeth Avenue/Newtown Road intersection to address safety concerns and allow pedestrian crossings on all intersection approaches. The crosswalk at the Elizabeth Avenue/Whiteway Street and intersection will be upgraded.

Check out the detailed visuals in the document library.

The City is prioritizing projects that help create a comprehensive active transportation network and where work can be completed during planned rehabilitation and construction within other infrastructure projects. By piggy-backing on roads rehab to upgrade active transportation along Elizabeth Avenue, we will reduce overall cost and avoid future tear up (cost avoidance).

Council approved the Bike Master Plan in 2019. Its vision is to create “a safe, inclusive, and convenient cycling network that is well-connected, attractive and reflective of the City’s unique topography and climate. As part of an integrated mobility network, this is supported by policies and programs that promote a cycling friendly culture.” (Bike Master Plan, 2019)

Work is planned for the following sections:

  • 2023: Bonaventure Avenue to Westerland Road
  • 2024: Westerland Road to Freshwater Road

The active transportation path will ultimately connect to Kelly’s Brook Shared-use Path to create an east-west cycling network.


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    will the Elizabeth Ave shared path for this phase end this week?

    Liza-Ann Tucker asked 3 months ago

    We apologize for the delay. The detour will be removed Friday, Dec. 22 and work will conclude for the season. There will be some site work to complete in the spring, but details will be shared about that at that time.

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    When will Elizabeth Ave be reopened for traffic near the university? The project schedule says November 2023 but it's already near the end of December 2023 and you still can't get to the university using Elizabeth Ave.

    Emilg asked 2 months ago

    We apologize for the delay. The detour will be removed Friday, Dec. 22 and work will conclude for the season. There will be some site work to complete in the spring, but details will be shared about that at that time.

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    How long is the construction going to last?

    Fardeen Munshi asked 6 months ago

    The phase currently underway will be substantially completed in Nov. of this year with surface asphalt paving completed in June 2024. The second phase - Westerland Rd. to Freshwater Rd. - will begin in 2024. You can follow the project schedule on the project page.

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    Nice to see a separated bike path. I cycle to MUN for work and I know many other people do as well. It will be nice to have a dedicated multi-use path. However, unless it is linked up to a broader network of bike paths, it is not that helpful. Right now, I tend to got off Elizabeth at Allandale and travel on the interior university roads, which do not have much traffic. This project would be great if there was a cycle lane along the entirety of Elizabeth Avenue. It will be awkward leaving the university heading east, because you will have to dismount at Allandale Road and cross Elizabeth to get back on the right side of the road. As such, it is a bit of a mystery to me how the multi-use path will ever be integrated with a cycling lane network (unless a lane is sacrificed on Elizabeth Avenue for a two-way cycling lane on the north side of the street). Anyways, I will appreciate the 90 second or so that I actually get to cycle on a separated bike path on the way to work. Hopefully a network can be built outward over time. I know most people in St. John's are pretty anti-bicycle, but I urge people to give it a try. It feels so good getting exercise as you move from point A to B.

    John Sandlos asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback. A plan for a full cycling network is outlined in the Bike St John’s Master Plan (2019). The current construction on Elizabeth Ave. is a project from this plan where we are piggy-backing on road work that was scheduled. Wherever possible, when there is rehabilitation work needed on a street, we are including shard use paths identified within the cycling plan, to avoid future tear ups.

    There are roughly 15 kms of new shared-use paths funded for construction in the next few years. You can check out the full list of projects underway on the City Website. With these new paths, in addition to the 24 kms of existing bike routes in the city, the goal is to create a network of connected and comfortable routes for people to cycle. Extending the bike route east along Elizabeth Avenue is in the plan but hasn’t been funded yet.

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    I have a MUN parking permit for lot 1A (on the south side of campus); the entrance to this lot (divided into three parts) is from Elizabeth Avenue, on the east side of the Arts and Admin Building, and the exit is on the west side of the Arts and Admin Building. My question: will this lot and the entrance and exit remain available during construction?

    schipper1947 asked 6 months ago

    Access to MUN parking lots 1, 1A,and 2 will be maintained throughout construction and are included in the local access only portion of the road detour.

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    How will drivers exiting the university onto Elizabeth Avenue in front of the the Arts & Administration Building (exit between Halliday Place and Newtown Road be accommodated? There is no alternative exit for drivers using the parking lots 1A, 2 and 1.

    Lynnkanwal asked 6 months ago

    Access to MUN parking lots 1, 1A,and 2 will be maintained throughout construction and are included in the local access only portion of the road detour.

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    Please continue to add more bike infrastructure to the city. It is much appreciated and improves the livability of St. John's immensely.

    dan asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback. The City has a strategic goal to expand and maintain a safe and accessible active transportation network as outlined in our Strategic Plan. You can track progress of initiatives on the website and through quarterly updates to Council. A full listing of all active transportation work in progress this year can be found on the city's website.

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    What is the proposed lane width, it's hard to see but it appears the lane widths are still quite wide - has consideration been given to narrowing lanes to assist in slowing traffic allowing the creation of a separated protected bikeway instead of a MUP or using the additional space gained to preserve the trees?

    imstillkp asked 8 months ago

    Lane widths have been narrowed as much as possible while still supporting transit along Elizabeth Avenue. The shared-use path is separated from motor-vehicle travel lanes by a landscaped boulevard.

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    Is there a plan to increase the amount of places where I could park my bike? I think this is a great step forward but at the moment I'm very limited in the places I can go and safely store my bike when I'm not using it. My understanding of shared use paths are that they are both for pedestrians and people using personal vehicles (bikes, scooters, etc.), is there a plan in place to help make pedestrians more comfortable walking around people using these vehicles?

    Timothy asked 7 months ago

    The city installed bike racks downtown in 2022 and has plans to expand bike rack installations in the future when funding allows. Shared-use paths are meant to be used by all modes of active transportation. To ensure a positive experience for everyone on the shared-use paths, we're taking steps to promote courteous behavior. Clear signs will remind users to stay on the right, yield to pedestrians, and use signals when passing. The paths will also be wide enough to accommodate various speeds, allowing for safe passing.

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    Why is it being built

    Cloveless79 asked 7 months ago

    The shared-use path on Elizabeth Avenue is a result of several plans, programs, and events. In 2016 the MUN Traffic Study identified a shared-use path for this street. In 2019 the Bike Master Plan included Elizabeth Avenue as a link on the planned bike network. Given the age and condition of the street, it is scheduled for rehabilitation as part of the city’s regular maintenance program. Finally, the project is being built in time for the 2025 Canada Games and is funded by a partnership of all 3 levels of government.

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