Traffic change at RIH as construction continues

Construction of the Royal Inland Hospital patient care tower has caused a change in access to the building.

The east portion of the hospital campus’s ring road has been closed for the duration of the construction project, but visitors and patients accessing RIH will still be able to use the northern portion of the road to access the clinical services building parkade.

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Through traffic on the ring road, however, will be closed.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the breezeway at the north entrance to RIH, as well as the bus drop-off along the clinical services building will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Traffic coming into the RIH campus will be directed to use Third Avenue and the remaining portion of the ring road for access to the site.

These areas will be closed for the duration of the $417-million project, which is expected to be completed in 2021.

Flaggers will be on-site to help direct traffic and signs will also be posted at key locations.

Access to the emergency entrance at RIH remains unchanged and the bus stop is being relocated to a location directly across from the Hillside Centre at the entrance to the staff parkade.

The none-story tower is expected to connect directly to the existing RIH facilities on five levels. The building will include a rooftop helipad, two levels of underground parking and 165 new surface parking stalls.

The patient care tower will feature 27,000 square metres (290,000 square feet) ross floor area) of clinical, administrative and support spaces. Program components include mental-health and medical/surgical beds, a new surgical suite, perinatal centre and private labour and delivery rooms, obstetrics and postpartum beds and a neonatal intensive care unit.

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