RICHMOND, B.C. — Crews will soon begin construction on Richmond’s River Parkway, a new transportation link that will change traffic flow within the city centre.
The project is scheduled to wrap up in 2020.
“The opening of River Parkway will provide a huge improvement to traffic flow throughout north Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.
“It will provide a great new option for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling to and through the city centre. It will also facilitate eventual development of the new Lulu Island Park, a major new 37-acre waterfront park along the Middle Arm that will serve residents, workers and tourists within the city centre.”
The plan is to further the northward extension of River Parkway from Gilbert Road along the former railway corridor to Cambie Road near No. 3 Road.
Officials said it is a key component of Richmond’s City Centre Area Plan, which called for the creation of a comprehensive network of additional links in and around the downtown area to improve traffic mobility and alleviate congestion on existing routes.
The city is anticipating the project will cost $13.2 million.
TransLink will chip in $2.55 million towards the cycling and pedestrian components of the overall project. Funding for the balance of the project is sourced from Roads Development Cost Charges.
The project will initially include a two-lane road and separate bike lanes protected from the adjacent vehicle lane with delineator posts.
The city also plans to build paved walkways for pedestrians; a signalized connection at Leslie Road; new traffic signals with universally-accessible crosswalks at all intersections; new streetlights along its length; and an off-street multi-use path on the south side of Cambie Road between River Road and No. 3 Road to enhance pedestrian and cycling access between the Middle Arm Greenway, River Parkway and the Aberdeen Canada Line Station.
The River Parkway extension also builds on other complementary road projects completed within the past several years.