In British Columbia, Canada, federal and local officials celebrated the completion of three Asia-Pacific Gateway projects along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC).
Construction has finished on three road/rail overpasses at 54th Avenue, 196th Street and 232nd Street, which will help to ease traffic congestion through the city of Surrey, the city of Langley and the township of Langley. The project will also improve road safety and increase the rail capacity of the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Construction of the three road/rail overpasses began in 2012 and was completed on time and within budget.
The overpasses will improve the flow of traffic and shipments through the RBRC, increase trade with the Asia-Pacific region and enhance the security and environmental sustainability of the transportation system, as well as the quality of life of neighboring residents.
These Robert’s Bank Rail Corridor projects have been made possible through the collaboration of multiple partners including the Canadian government’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, the province of British Columbia, Port Metro Vancouver, Canadian Pacific, the city of Surrey, the city of Langley and the township of Langley.
“The trade supportive infrastructure now coming on line helps us provide more timely and efficient service for our customers. It is the outcome of a unique partnership between industry and government and it has achieved real results,” said Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific president and chief operating officer.
The total cost of the projects totals approximately CA$110.4 million (US$101 million) with a federal government contribution of CA$30.2 million (US$28 million ) under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund.