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$198M Lower Lynn highway improvements finished

$198M Lower Lynn highway improvements finished
PROVINCE OF B.C. — Work has wrapped up on improvements to Highway 1 through North Vancouver.

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — Construction has been completed on all four phases of the Lower Lynn Improvements Project.

The work will now benefit more than 120,000 daily commuters in Metro Vancouver.

All four phases of the project were delivered by Lafarge Canada Inc. Officials stated the series of roadwork improvements will boost safety, reduce congestion and provide better connectivity for local people, commercial drivers and active-transportation commuters.

The $198-million project is expected to cut commute times in the Lower Lynn area by at least nine minutes in the eastbound direction and four minutes in the westbound direction. New road configurations are estimated to reduce greenhouse gasses by 1,900 tonnes over the next 25 years, supporting CleanBC and federal pollution reduction goals.

The project included $15 million in active transportation improvements, such as new and enhanced bike paths, sidewalks, trails and multi-use pathways that separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles.

Mike Little, mayor of the District of North Vancouver, said: “The completion of this project marks a milestone for transportation on the North Shore. The infrastructure improvements in this area have created safer, more efficient connections to enable those who drive, walk and bike to get to where they need to go. Improving highway access safety and the routes to and from Keith Road and Mount Seymour Parkway, while upgrading active transportation routes for cyclists and pedestrians, are just some of the benefits we’ve seen so far. Though we still have work to do to address our traffic and congestion issues, this project is a step in the right direction.”

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