With the October 9, 2014 opening of the eastbound traffic lane, the new Low Level Road alignment is fully operational to two-way vehicular traffic. This marks a major milestone towards Project completion.
The project is now over 90% complete and has taken a large step forward in delivering on one of its key objectives - providing improved and safer access for the travelling public. There are a few work items remaining, and as some of them may be hampered by poor weather, completion dates may shift. However, for most of the items listed below, the Project Team is aiming for completion at the end of November. Remaining work includes:
- Completion of the Spirit Trail.This would include completion of the suspension bridge and trail stairs, as well as installation of handrails and fencing.
- Opening of commuter bike lanes on Low Level Road. The bike lanes are not yet deemed safe for use by cyclists as there are ongoing works at Esplanade and Kennard Avenue.
- Installation of the noise walls.To date, noise walls have been partially installed at the east end of the East 3rd Street Spirit Trail Overpass.
- Completion of landscaping work.Plants and trees have been sourced and tree root barriers have been installed at the west end of the project.Pending completion of the noise wall and decent weather conditions, landscaping will continue into the new year. Planting of smaller shrubs and additional infilling may need to occur in the Spring.
- Installation of art work. Precast concrete walls panels will be affixed to the retaining wall along Low Level Road starting this week. This work will take approximately two weeks to complete and may entail some single lane alternating traffic during off-peak hours.
To read the latest update on ongoing construction, please visit www.porttalk.ca/lowlevelroad.
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.