The Gateway Loop Improvement Project will enhance the Whistler Village guest experience and support ongoing business success.
The redesigned site, which is based on extensive community input into design guidelines, will improve the visitor arrival experience as well as the usability of the Village Loop for buses, taxes, other vehicles and pedestrians.
Updated August 31, 2016
The Resort Municipality of Whistler has postponed construction for the Gateway Loop Improvement Project until spring 2017. Read more.
View an illustration of the Gateway Loop Design Landscape Plan.
While construction is in process the intention is to:
- Anticipate and mitigate the impact of construction on the business community, visitors and residents
- Ensure proactive, accurate, up-to-date information reaches stakeholders, so they can plan ahead and adapt to construction related impacts prior to and during the construction period
- Ensure smooth traffic flows (vehicular and pedestrian)
- Minimize service disruptions
During construction the business community, visitors, and residents should expect:
- Access to the Gateway Loop to be restricted to facilitate the construction window
- Delays, parking restrictions and/or single-lane alternating traffic in the Gateway Loop and adjacent areas
As part of the 2014 Wayfinding Project, the RMOW identified and selected the preferred Gateway Loop site redesign to address many of the concerns raised through the public and stakeholder engagement process.
The preferred option was selected based on the following criteria:
- Substantially improve the arrival experience, capacity and usability of this area by bus and taxi users
- Improve the connection and integration of this area to prominent adjacent Village access points
- Improve the sense of arrival to Whistler for all visitors travelling along Village Gate Boulevard
- Support improved pedestrian and vehicular flows in this key arrival and departure area
Phase I: April 9, 2014: Options Assessment & Preliminary Design Services RFP closed, awardedPhase II: June 4, 2014: Full day stakeholder workshop
Phase III: November 4, 2014: Presentation to Council - Options Assessment & Preliminary Designs
Phase IV: September 5, 2015: Project approved for Design & Construction Administration funding by Council
Phase V: January 22, 2016: Design & Construction Administration RFP awarded
Phase VI: January 25, 2016: present Design and Construction Administration
Phase VII: May 4, 2016: Open House
Phase VIII: June 2016:Tender for Construction
Phase IX: TBD: Tender for Construction award
Phase X: TBD: Construction begins and continues through the end of October
Phase XI: TBD: Final landscaping
- June 4, 2014: Full day stakeholder workshop.
- May 4, 2016: Open House in the Library Community Room.
How will this project impact me?
This is a significant construction project in an area that currently functions as the regional transportation hub for Whistler. This area is adjacent to the Whistler Conference Centre Parking Lot which will likely be impacted by additional transportation volume.
It is anticipated that there will be construction noise, dust for businesses located near the Loop, restricted access during various stages of construction for non-essential uses, and temporarily less convenient transportation.
During the construction period we encourage all business stakeholders and residents to:
- Contact the RMOW if you have any questions or concerns;
- Share updates with staff, service providers, patrons and friends;
- Plan ahead for required adjustments for deliveries and business continuity;
- Use alternate parking facilities and driving routes;
- Avoid vehicle use altogether in this area whenever possible.
Are trees being removed?
Yes, all the existing trees will be removed for this project as they will not be viable after the reshaping of the site. Extensive consideration has been given to landscaping in the design. Please see the 50% Landscape Design drawing.
How will fire service access be maintained?
Fire access will be maintained to and through the area, even under construction. Existing fire hydrants are being maintained. Note that there are alternate fire access points to the Village Stroll near this same area (between Fanatyko and Mountain Riders).
Where will the taxis and buses be temporarily relocated?
RMOW staff are working with the Design and Construction consultants on a solution. The details about the alternate pick-up and drop-off locations will be shared at the Open House.
This project is supported by the Province of British Columbia's Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).