Low Level Road Project completion clears way for additional train capacity

Written by Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor
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Port Metro Vancouver

The Low Level Road Project in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, is now complete.


The Low Level Road Project involved the realignment and elevation of approximately 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) of the Low Level Road, between St. Georges Avenue and 3rd Street East, providing space for two new rail tracks to improve rail switching efficiency and capacity. The project also eliminated three existing at-grade rail crossings and provided grade-separated access to Neptune and Cargill terminals. Work addressed safety, recreation and noise challenges associated with port operations along the Low Level Road, including the reconfiguration of three intersections and improved lanes for cyclists.

The project was 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.

The total cost of the project is CA$101.6 million (US$81 million), including a federal government contribution of CA$49.4 million (US$ 39 million) under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund. The other funding partners were Port Metro Vancouver, CA$31.6 million (US$25 million); Canadian National, CA$10 million (US$8 million); TransLink, CA$5 million (US$4 million); Canadian Pacific, CA$4.8 million (US$3.8 million) and the city of North Vancouver, CA$800,000 (US$ 638,000).

“Our government is proud to deliver on another Asia-Pacific Gateway success story. The Low Level Road Project will contribute to Canada’s trade competiveness in the Asia-Pacific region, while providing environmental and economic benefits to local communities and industry right here on the North Shore,” explained 
Andrew Saxton, 
parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance and member of Parliament for North Vancouver.