Wider sidewalks on both sides of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge will open today to pedestrians and cyclists, allowing for a safer crossing on this key connection between communities on the North Shore, Burnaby and Vancouver.
“This upgrade means better safety for cyclists and pedestrians and more transportation choices, which can lead to healthier families and communities,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “These safety and capacity improvements also reflect input from the cycling community and other stakeholders, as well as feedback received from public open houses.”
The $20-million project included:
- widening the bridge sidewalks and pathway approaches;
- constructing three-metre-high safety fencing;
- improving bridge lighting using energy-efficient LEDs;
- installing new overhead direction signs; and
- completing seismic upgrades.
Work began in January 2014 and was undertaken by Graham Infrastructure LP of Delta.
“These wider sidewalks on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge are an important addition to our transportation network,” said North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA and Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto. “This project enhances the liveability of our region by giving Lower Mainland residents even more options for a walk, run or ride.”
“Wider sidewalks, along with new safety features like fencing and better lighting, make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge,” said North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite.
"The conclusion of this project closes a critical gap in the active transportation network between the North Shore, Vancouver, and Burnaby,” said Tony Valente, chair of HUB Cycling North Shore Committee. “People walking and cycling across the bridge are already enjoying greatly improved safety on the east sidewalk. We are excited now that the west sidewalk is also accessible to all."
Investing in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is a key component of B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan, and government is investing $18 million in the first three years alone toward improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.
- The improved east sidewalk opened to pedestrians and cyclists on Feb. 4, 2015.
- The sidewalks are now 2.5 metres wide --- more than double the width of the original sidewalks.
- Cyclists and pedestrians make more than148,000 trips across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge each year.
- 72% of feedback obtained during public consultation for B.C. on the Move, the 10-year transportation plan, supported enhancing pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and improving transportation choices.
B.C. on the Move is available online at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/
Follow the work of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastucture at: http://tranbc.ca/