Monday, October 22, 2012

Roberts Bank Corridor Combo Project underway

Construction of the Combo Project in Surrey, B.C., Canada, an investment along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC), is now under construction.

The project involves the construction of rail crossing overpasses at 192nd Street, 54th Avenue and 196th Street in Surrey, which will increase road capacity while addressing the needs expressed by these communities to reduce delays and mitigate the impacts of increasing commercial traffic. These new grade separations will enhance rail operations and accommodate anticipated growth in rail and road traffic along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor.

"Investments in projects along the Roberts Rail Bank Corridor are improving the flow of traffic, enhancing the efficiency of the transportation system, bringing benefits to B.C.'s Lower Mainland and contributing to Canada's global competitiveness," said the Honorable Ed Fast, Canada's minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "The federal government is committed to continuing to work productively with our partners as we build on the success that has made the Asia-Pacific Gateway the gateway of choice between fast-growing Asia-Pacific markets and North America."

The total cost of this project is estimated at CA$121.5 million ($US122 million), including CA$43 million (US$43.2 million) from the government of Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, CA$25.6 million (US$25.7 million) from Port Metro Vancouver, CA$25.5 million (US$25.6 million) from the province of British Columbia, CA$13.6 million (US$13.7 million) from the city of Surrey, CA$8.3 million (US$8.4 million) from the city of Langley and CA$5.5 million (US$5.53 million) from the township of Langley.

The Combo Project groups three of the nine project components in the CA$307-million (US$309-million) RBRC program, with a federal contribution of up to CA$75 million (US$75.4 million). The program is comprised of multiple partners including the government of Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the city of Surrey, the city of Langley, the township of Langley, the corporation of Delta, Port Metro Vancouver, Translink and four railway companies (BNSF, B.C. Rail, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific) working together to support projects that connect Roberts Bank, Canada's largest container facility and coal terminal, with the North American rail network.

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