VANCOUVER — The Government of Canada is investing $167 million in three projects aimed at improving port infrastructure and increasing rail infrastructure capacity.
Two of the projects are led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority with investment from the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway and will include building the Centennial Road overpass, a 600-metre long, two-lane elevated viaduct structure, building 9.4 kilometres of new siding track and reconfiguring train switching operations along the south shore of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver and Burnaby.
The two projects will also improve the existing Thornton Rail Tunnel ventilation system, the rail corridor by building 5.5 kilometres of track adjacent to an existing double-tracked corridor, and design and raise Douglas Road to cross over the existing Canadian National railway corridor.
Waterfront Road will also be extended by 600 metres and 350 metres of Commissioner Street will be realigned.
The third project, led by Canadian National with investment by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, will involve designing a 4.2-kilometre-long secondary track parallel to the existing Burrard Inlet line.
“We are pleased to invest in these important upgrades to the Port of Vancouver and Canadian National. Moving cargo efficiently throughout our West Coast is key to maintaining and enhancing our capacity for trade with Asia, said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in a statement.
The projects will increase the efficiency and capacity of the rail network servicing the north and south shores of the Port of Vancouver as well as facilitate goods movement and reduce the effects of rail traffic on the community, a Transport Canada news release stated.
“It’s critical that we provide for the smooth movement of people and goods to foster economic growth and take advantage of the trade opportunities offered by Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway. These projects will increase capacity, reduce logistics costs and improve access for local industries,” Burnaby North-Seymour MP Terry Beech added.