PITT MEADOWS, BC – Two highly anticipated rail crossing projects in Pitt Meadows are one step closer to construction today, as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority signs a formal agreement with the Government of Canada to receive $48.8 million for the project and announces its own commitment to fund $39.1 million toward the project as a partner agency.
These crossings will separate road traffic from rail traffic and include a new four-lane underpass at Harris Road and a two-lane overpass at Kennedy Road.
“This announcement represents the culmination of a great deal of collaborative work by each of the organizations over the past seven months,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Rail grade separations will mean that all emergency services will be able to get to incidents faster and public safety will be greatly improved. Commutes will be become more reliable and ultimately, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will find it much easier to move around our community.”
Council is committed to addressing concerns about noise mitigation as well as minimizing construction impacts to Harris Road businesses. Council will continue to advocate for the best interests of the community as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) is finalized. Residents will have an opportunity to learn more and to ask questions at an upcoming Engagement and Priorities Committee (EPC) meeting, prior to adoption of the MOU.
“Council is committed to the preservation of heritage in Pitt Meadows,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “The City has already engaged the Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society in discussions about desirable relocation sites for heritage buildings.”
The project, including new rail siding and a new rail bridge over Katzie Slough, is anticipated to cost $141.1 million. 100 percent of the costs for the design and construction will be covered by other partners. As a next step, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is working closely with Canadian Pacific to finalize agreements for final funding and project implementation.
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