Canada and British Columbia invest more than $6.8 million in pedestrian and cyclist overpass, connecting Burnaby Lake Regional Park and Deer Lake Park
The governments of Canada and BC are continuing to invest in local infrastructures in hopes to fulfill community needs, promote healthier living and assist in the recovery of the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part of the investment plan is the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist overpass over Highway 1 in Burnaby. By connecting Burnaby Lake Regional Park and Deer Lake Park, the new overpass will boost active travel in the area. The project will feature landscaping and fixed park furnishings, as well as connect existing trails on both ends of the bridge. The increased possibilities of the investment on the Highway 1 corridor, south of Burnaby Lake will better assist pedestrians, cyclists, and low-speed device users in mobility.
More than $3.7 million is put into the project through Investing in the Canada Infrastructure Program with the Government of British Columbia investing with more $3.1 million while the City of Burnaby is contributing more than $2.5 million.
“I’m pleased to announce over $3.7 million in federal funding for the Burnaby Lake Highway 1 pedestrian and cyclist overpass, which will add to the number of active transportation options available in our community. Ensuring Canadians have access to alternative, safe, and healthy options for getting around will keep our communities connected and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This funding comes from Canada’s infrastructure plan, which invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“This overpass project is really a bridge to so many benefits for the community of Burnaby and the people and visitors who spend time here. Active transportation is essential for British Columbians seeking an alternative to driving from place to place, and now pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users will be able to easily connect between two popular parks, while enjoying the healthy benefits of being outdoors. This project will also create jobs, contributing to the growth of the local economy at a time when we need it most.”
Janet Routledge, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby North, on behalf of the Honourable Josie Osborne
“The Burnaby Lake Highway 1 pedestrian and cyclist overpass will deliver significant benefits for Burnaby residents. As we continue to move forward with a new vision for transportation in Burnaby, this overpass will make it easier for Burnaby residents to choose active transportation options to move throughout our community, thereby reducing carbon emissions in Burnaby. We’re pleased to have the support of our federal and provincial partners on this project.”
His Worship Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby
- Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the federal government will invest more than $ 180 billion in public transportation projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern Canadian communities within 12 years.
- Throughout British Columbia, the Canadian government has invested more than $4.4 billion in more than 600 infrastructure projects.
- For BC’s infrastructure initiatives, the province is investing $3.6 billion within 10 years.