The Stewardson Way Overpass is now complete, significantly increasing safety for cyclists and pedestrians who need to cross this busy roadway.
“We are proud to work closely with our partners to build modern, resilient infrastructure that connects communities and makes them even better places to live,” said Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This new overpass provides New Westminster residents with better and safer access to public transportation and recreational facilities. We will continue to work together to build cleaner, healthier, more sustainable communities.”
The new cycling and pedestrian overpass provides a safe active-transportation crossing for people to cross 6th Avenue and Stewardson Way. It connects people from New Westminster to the rest of Metro Vancouver by providing a better link to the 22nd Street transit exchange and the Millennium/Expo SkyTrain station. The multi-use pathway also connects to Grimston Park, increasing access to several trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and sports fields for residents to enjoy.
“Our government is committed to creating safer and more accessible communities,” said Judy Darcy, MLA for New Westminster on behalf of Claire Trevena, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The Stewardson Way Overpass creates a connection to Grimston Park, the downtown core and to public transit networks. People in New West love to get out in our growing community. This improvement makes it even easier to get around and enjoy our beautiful city with friends and family.”
This new crossing reflects the goals in Move. Commute. Connect. – B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation in communities throughout the province. New investments in active transportation will make getting around safer and more convenient — all while helping protect the environment.
“The new Stewardson Way overpass provides a safe way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross over one of New Westminster’s busiest corridors, particularly those living in our West End neighbourhood,” said Jonathan Coté, mayor of New Westminster. “The overpass also creates an important link in the City of New Westminster’s Riverfront vision, which seeks to improve neighbourhood connection to the river and create a continuous waterfront experience.”
Gavin McLeod of the West End Residents' Association said, “Jaywalking was a common practice for pedestrians coming from the 22nd Street Skytrain station, creating a dangerous situation. For many years the West End Residents’ Association has advocated for the approval of this overpass. Today’s opening is viewed as a great accomplishment and much credit goes to the provincial and federal governments.”
The $5.1-million Stewardson Way Overpass project was implemented through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, which is funded by the Government of Canada at 50%, the Province of British Columbia at 33% and TransLink at 17%.
This project supports the initiatives in the provincial government’s CleanBC plan, which was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.
Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/active/