TSAWWASSEN, BC, Dec. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Local commuters, farmers and
truckers now have a safer, more reliable route to cross Deltaport Way
at 41B Street without being delayed by long trains and truck traffic,
thanks to a newly completed overpass.
"Demand for Canadian exports in Asia-Pacific markets continues to grow
at a rapid rate, and investments such as these along the Roberts Bank
Rail Corridor are furthering Canada's competitive advantages, improving
infrastructure in local communities, and creating jobs and prosperity
for workers, businesses and families," said the Honourable Ed Fast,
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific
Gateway. "With the completion of the 41B overpass and, eventually, the
Roberts Bank Rail Corridor overall, we are strengthening Canada's
Asia-Pacific Gateway, while positioning the West Coast as the corridor
of choice between Canada and the high-growth Asia-Pacific markets."
41B is the first of nine projects completed in the $307-million Roberts
Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) Program and will ease traffic congestion in
the communities of Delta, Surrey, the City of Langley and the Township
of Langley. The RBRC Program comprises eight overpasses and one railway
siding in a 70-kilometre stretch that connects Roberts Bank, which
contains Canada's largest container facility (Deltaport) and coal
terminal (Westshore), to the North American rail network. The RBRC is
expected to carry increasing volumes of goods from around the world
that we use here every day, as well as Canadian exports.
"Strengthening infrastructure to get our goods and services to expanding
markets in Asia and the world is a pillar of the B.C. Jobs Plan," said
B.C. Agriculture Minister Don McRae on behalf of Transportation and
Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom. "The 41B project, which created
more than 150 construction jobs, supports our growing trade and
improves the quality of life for local farmers and all families by
providing a safer connection within the community."
The overpass will also provide improved access to the Tsawwassen First
Nation Gateway Logistics Centre.
"The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Deltaport are key areas for growth
opportunities for Tsawwassen First Nation's new Tsawwassen Gateway
Logistics Centre — which links directly to Deltaport and the South
Fraser Perimeter Road system," said Chief Kim Baird of the Tsawwassen
First Nation. "The 41B overpass is a critical link in expediting
traffic from our centre and is a further indication of the strategic
economic partnership TFN has with the B.C. government."
The RBRC Program is funded by 12 public and private partners: Transport
Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,
TransLink, Port Metro Vancouver, the Corporation of Delta, the City of
Surrey, the City of Langley, the Township of Langley, CN, CP Rail,
British Columbia Railway Company and BNSF Railway.
The $24-million 41B Street overpass project is funded by the B.C.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ($5.5 million), British
Columbia Railway Company ($12.6 million), Transport Canada ($3.5
million) and Port Metro Vancouver ($2.4 million).
"The RBRC Program exemplifies the Asia-Pacific Gateway strategy in
action," said president and chief executive officer of Port Metro
Vancouver, Robin Silvester. "Working together with the federal and
provincial governments, we are advancing infrastructure projects that
will benefit the community, and support Canadian trade and jobs in the
most sustainable way possible."
The RBRC Program is working proactively to make improvements to road and
rail to accommodate increasing traffic around growing communities and
ensure residents can travel through the corridor safely, with minimal
delays and impacts on their quality of life. British Columbia's trade
with Asia is increasing through Canada's Pacific Gateway. Pacific
Gateway partners have committed $22 billion to expand and enhance port,
rail, road and airport infrastructure in the Pacific Gateway to meet
those growing demands.
For more information about the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program and
the Pacific Gateway, visit www.robertsbankrailcorridor.ca.
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Roberts Bank Rail Corridor 41B Street overpass at Deltaport Way
The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) Program is a comprehensive package
of road and rail improvements funded through a unique collaboration of
12 public- and private-sector partners. The $307-million program is
designed to improve the safety and efficiency of the road and rail
network. It will also enhance the quality of life for residents of
communities through which rail traffic travels to and from Port Metro
Vancouver terminals at Roberts Bank in Delta.
The partners are working proactively to improve road access and safety
for local residents by providing alternate routes over busy railways.
Partners include Transport Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation
and Infrastructure, TransLink, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), the
Corporation of Delta, the City of Surrey, the City of Langley, the
Township of Langley, CN Rail, Canadian Pacific, British Columbia
Railway Company and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
The eight overpasses and one rail siding project in the RBRC Program
will be completed by 2014. Other rail improvements will reduce whistle
blowing, close rail crossings and provide an advanced early warning
system that will notify drivers of approaching trains. These
improvements will also reduce vehicle idling time and greenhouse gas
These RBRC projects are underway to connect each of the corridor
communities and provide drivers with alternate routes over rail lines,
reduce congestion, increase safety, improve emergency vehicle access
and reduce idling times.
The $24-million 41B Street overpass project was designed to improve
safety and community livability and enhance economic opportunities. The
overpass enables local commuters, farmers and trucks to cross Deltaport
Way and the rail lines without idling or being delayed by long trains
and heavy traffic. The 41B project also meets the demand for increased
international freight to and from PMV's Deltaport and Westshore
The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) was a key part of this project,
working with the contractor to build a detour road, providing better
access to TFN and creating new employment opportunities.
SOURCE Government of British Columbia
For further information:
| Contacts: || |
| Rudy Husny |
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Asia-Pacific Gateway. Ottawa
| Media Relations |
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Government Communications and Public Engagement
B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Barbara Joy-Kinsella, Media Relations
Port Metro Vancouver