Timelines for some items have shifted, due to either unforeseen circumstances or poor weather. However, the tentative schedule for remaining works is as follows:
Completion of the Spirit Trail - Since the last update, installation of hand rails and wire mesh on the suspension bridge has been done. A final walk-through with the bridge design engineer and City of North Vancouver Engineering representatives will occur within the next week.
As mentioned in the previous update, additional work was required on the Spirit Trail Overpass. We had hoped to have this work completed by the end of 2014. However, while schedule is always a priority, the project team’s ultimate goal is to deliver a high-quality Spirit Trail that meets and exceeds the public’s expectations. We are working diligently to complete the work on the Overpass. We understand that many people eagerly await the opening of the Spirit Trail and we will let everyone know as soon as it is opened and ready for use.
Improvements to traffic flow - The project was designed in accordance with standard industry engineering practice following Transportation Association of Canada guidelines and that the design was reviewed and approved by the City of North Vancouver. The project was also subjected to a detailed post-construction Road Safety Audit. As with all projects of this magnitude, some minor adjustments were suggested. Over the next few weeks, slight improvements to signals, pavement markings, and signage will occur throughout the project.
Installation of noise walls - Technical issues that prevented the installation of the remaining noise walls have been resolved and we anticipate completion of the noise walls over the next couple of weeks.
Completion of landscaping work - Generally, tree, shrub, and grass planting is complete in the west and east end medians and boulevards. Planting is ongoing in the central section of the project, and is anticipated to be complete in early Spring.
About the project
The Low Level Road Project is designed to enhance rail and port operations as international trade continues to grow and to address long-standing community safety and traffic congestion challenges in the area.
These improvements are 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.
Development of the project involved extensive community consultation and information sharing.