Lower Mainland communities benefit from economic recovery funding
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:45 AM
People living in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region are benefiting from more than $8 million in transportation investments made to support the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, more than 20 projects ranging from active transportation improvements and transportation upgrades in rural and remote communities, to climate adaptation projects have been completed. Throughout the province, more than 180 projects received economic recovery funding.
“Investment in our transportation infrastructure has never been more important as we focus on recovery from the pandemic,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These infrastructure recovery projects are important for communities as they improve access to crucial services and provide good jobs that lay the foundation for strong economic growth.”
Through StrongerBC, the Province has provided:
- more than $5 million for projects focused on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial right-of-ways. Projects included multi-use pathways and rail trails, highway crossings, transit stop improvements, sidewalk installations, lighting enhancements and shoulder widening that make active modes of transportation safer and more accessible;
- nearly $500,000 to support projects focused on climate adaptation to improve the resiliency of the region’s highway network and decrease the negative effects of climate events, including flooding, wildfires and erosion. Projects included riverbank erosion protection, creek channel training, culvert upsizing, flood protection works, slope erosion protection and avalanche system maintenance; and
- nearly $3 million to support projects focused on upgrading side and secondary roads in rural and remote communities. These projects were part of a $418-million investment to revitalize community infrastructure, enhance connections between communities and help get people back to work. Projects included paving, shoulder widening, lighting installation and crosswalk markings.
One project to receive funding was a broad overhaul of Sylvester Road and farm roads in the Fraser Valley/Hatzic Prairie area. Mill and fill paving was used to renew the surface, and road-base strengthening was completed to rehabilitate routes that had degraded due to high levels of commercial traffic.
“Building stronger roads creates jobs and makes it safer and more convenient for people and vehicles to get around,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “British Columbians in all areas of the province, including rural and remote communities, count on reliable roads to access critical goods and services, and to stay connected to one another.”
StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan is one of the ways government is working to support businesses impacted by the pandemic, while building toward a more innovative, sustainable and inclusive economic future.
Learn more about B.C.’s strategy for more active transportation:
Learn more about B.C.’s strategy for climate adaptation:
Learn more about StrongerBC: BC’s economic recovery plan: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.
Active transportation – more than $5 million invested
- Delta – improvements to approximately 500 metres of a multi-use path connecting to Alex Fraser Bridge.
- Gibsons – new cycle path connection to the existing multi-use path parallel to Highway 101.
- Gibsons – safety improvement for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing shoulder width and adding cyclist markings.
- New Westminster – sidewalk improvements on Queensborough bridge.
- North Vancouver – design of a new multi-use pathway under the Highway 1 Lynn Valley Road overpass that connects with the existing City of North Vancouver bike lanes at 21st Street (south end) and Morgan Road (north end).
- North Vancouver – design of both a cycling lane on the Highway 1 eastbound ramp through Capilano Road and a multi-use pathway replacing the existing northbound sidewalk.
- South Surrey – cycling path improvements from Pacific Crossing to 8th Avenue.
- Tsawwassen – design of a 350-metre multi-use pathway connection between the Great Blue Heron Way and the existing 27B Avenue multi-use pathway.
- University of British Columbia – design for a new 350-metre multi-use path.
- University of British Columbia – improvements for the West 16th Avenue UBC Cycle Path.
- Vancouver – improvements to the Oak Street Bridge deck panels for improved flow of cyclists and pedestrian access.
- West Vancouver – improvement to multi-use pathway, surfacing on the structure and new cyclist signage plus design improvements to the transition and access pathways on either end of the Lions Gate Bridge.
- Coquihalla Canyon – repairs to trails and trestles (trail remediation, handrail and decking replacement and assessment) to allow safe access for walking and biking.
- Various locations through Metro Vancouver, such as Highway 7 at Jim Robson Way, Highway 91 and Highway 99 at Westminster Highway, will benefit from improvements to cycling paths, fog lines, barriers and reflectors.
Climate adaptation – nearly $500,000 invested
- Various locations – culvert replacement at various Lower Mainland locations to ensure continued capacity and functionality of highways during future climate-related events.
Rural and remote communities – nearly $3 million invested
- Sunshine Coast Gulf Islands – road strengthening on various side roads.
- Boston Bar – restoration of two-kilometre segment of Green Ranch Road.
- North of Lund – pulverize 300-metre road, reinstate road base and gravels on Finn Bay Road.
- Powell River – paving a 200-metre gravel section of Atrevida Road.
- Gibsons – asphalt overlay/resurfacing of Marine Drive.
- Sea to Sky – level course and overlay to Daisy Lake Road leading to Rubble Creek Park access off H99.
- Sechelt – asphalt resurfacing of Redroofs Road.
- Fraser Valley – road strengthening and pavement renewal to Sylvester Road and Farms Road due to heavy commercial-vehicle traffic.
- Barnston Island – resurfacing of two-lane road through Katzie First Nation.
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