VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - North Shore travellers can look forward
to $100 million in transportation improvements to the Low Level Road by
spring 2014, as Port Metro Vancouver confirmed today that the Project
will proceed to construction, following approval from City of North
Vancouver Council last night.
"The Low Level Road Project is designed to meet growing domestic and
international trade demands and address long-standing community
concerns related to traffic congestion, safety, slope stability and
train-related noise," said Robin Silvester, President and CEO, Port
Metro Vancouver. "Our research and consultation show that there is
significant support at the local level for this project, and we are
pleased to be moving ahead with these important transportation
Port Metro Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver have consulted
extensively with stakeholders and the community to develop the
Preferred Design through a series of open houses and workshops, and a
comprehensive online web forum. Hundreds of people participated at the
events and more than 1,300 people visited the online web forum.
"I would like to thank everyone who participated in consultations for
this project for their time and thoughtful input, which I believe has
helped create the best possible design," said Mr. Silvester. "Together
with the City of North Vancouver, we look forward to continuing to work
with residents and businesses to ensure that the project is constructed
in consideration of local interests."
As a primary, continuous east-west route for the North Shore, the
importance of the Low Level Road has long been reflected in community
and transportation plans. The Low Level Road Project is designed to
address long-standing community and safety and traffic challenges,
while also enhancing rail and port operations.
The project also completes 1.6 kilometres of new Spirit Trail, including
an overpass across East 3rd Street, connecting the Queensbury area to Lonsdale Quay. Port Metro
Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver will undertake additional
consultation on the Spirit Trail, as well as traffic management,
landscaping and noise mitigation designs.
The Low Level Road Project was identified as part of a broader
investment in the North Shore Trade Area on behalf of the Government of
Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Port Metro Vancouver,
TransLink, the City and District of North Vancouver and the private
sector. The North Shore Trade Area, covering seven deep-sea marine
cargo terminals and industrial activities along the north shore of
Burrard Inlet, is a critical export gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.
This Trade Area supports 5,000 North Shore jobs, and contributes more
than $10 million in municipal taxes each year and $7.9 billion annually
to BC's gross domestic product.
For more information about Port Metro Vancouver and the Low Level Road
Project, visit the Port's website at www.portmetrovancouver.com or www.porttalk.ca.
SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Communications and Government Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver