Major renovations to Charlottetown port are underway
Sailing into Charlottetown looks a lot different than it used to for cruise ship passengers.
Port Charlottetown is in the midst of a $5-million facelift with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency picking up about half the tab. With the demolition of the east shed, about 15 priority bus lanes will be designed to make things easier for the cruise line’s shore excursion operators. A small section of the east shed has been preserved for storage purposes.
Corry Morrissey, business development manager for Port Charlottetown, said it makes things more efficient and improves setup and ease of use for passengers.
“We want to be able to move passengers more efficiently and we wanted to make it more welcoming for pedestrian traffic,’’ Morrissey said Monday.
In addition to the bus lanes, a new pedestrian plaza is being designed for the exterior of the cruise terminal, which used to be referred to as the Charlottetown Seaport Centre.
Morrissey says this is to give passengers interested in walking around the city a place to sit and relax and also provide appropriate directional signage.
The terminal has been renovated as well and now features new windows and doors on the east side of the building.
With only one dedicated cruise berth, the redevelopment plan is focusing on the landside development of the port, which will also include a dedicated roadway for buses, taxis and other passenger vehicles, along with a taxi load and go area.
The port serves three different segments of business — cruise, petroleum and aggregate importation. With the existing infrastructure, it is difficult for aggregate and cruise business to co-exist as both segments draw on the same land. With the proposed changes, the two will be separate. A conveyor system will move aggregate into the gravel yard, which would alleviate any trucks required on the wharf.
In addition to that, the original roadway will become strictly for the trucking side of the business, while a new road has been designed for buses, taxis and passenger vehicles. Those vehicles will now enter from the Hillsborough and Water streets intersection.
Readers might also note the reference to Port Charlottetown. That’s because they’ve undergone a rebranding.
Corryn Morrissey, business development manager for the newly rebranded Port Charlottetown, says the building that used to be known as the Seaport Centre will have 15 dedicated bus lanes and much more room for taxis and other vehicles, will completely separate the petroleum, cruise and aggregate aspects of the business and include a dedicated pedestrian area inside and out.