Cyclists and pedestrians can now enjoy more room and improved safety with a widened sidewalk on the east side of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
Pedestrians and cyclists have more than double the space to share on the new 2.5-metre-wide sidewalk. Other completed safety enhancements include energy efficient LED lighting and a 3 metre-high safety fence.
Tonight, crews will move across the bridge and start construction to increase the width of the sidewalk on the west side from 1.2 metres to 2.5 metres. The west sidewalk will be closed during construction, and cyclists and pedestrians will be notified with signs along area cycling and walking routes and via updates to the project website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwayprojects/IronWorkers/
The west sidewalk is anticipated to re-open by fall 2015.
The total estimated cost of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge sidewalk upgrade project is $20 million.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone -
“Being able to safely cycle or walk between home, work and other destinations not only helps reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, but it is also a great way to stay fit. This project is a great example of how our government is improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians and encouraging healthy living.”
North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto -
“Cycling and walking are great ways to get outdoors and practice healthy living, and I am pleased that both cyclists and pedestrians using this important crossing will benefit from the new, safer and wider sidewalk.”
North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite -
“The Ironworkers Memorial Bridge is a key connection for the North Shore, Burnaby and Vancouver. This new, roomier sidewalk will increase safety for drivers and pedestrians, and will encourage more cyclists to use the bridge.”
Antje Wahl, HUB Cycling North Shore Committee Chair -
“Safety upgrades to the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge closed the east sidewalk for over a year, presenting a challenge for commuters sharing the very narrow west sidewalk. We're thrilled that the new, widened east sidewalk is now accessible for all users on foot and bike. When the entire project is complete, it will close a gap in this vital, active transportation link between the North Shore, Vancouver and Burnaby.”
Project information at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwayprojects/IronWorkers/
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