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New West­min­ster: Con­struc­tion of a new multi-use over­pass across the busy Stewardson Way is start­ing soon, which will ben­e­fit thou­sands of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists by giv­ing them a safer way to cross this street.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada rec­og­nizes that hav­ing ac­ces­si­ble ac­tive trans­porta­tion op­tions is key to de­vel­op­ing green in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties,” said François­philippe Cham­pagne, fed­eral Minister of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties. “We are proud to have helped make this new over­pass pos­si­ble, which will pro­vide a safer route for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists across some of the city’s busiest roads, and en­cour­age peo­ple to stay ac­tive while mov­ing around the city.” “Pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists have been frus­trated with the ab­sence of a safe cross­ing on this stretch of Stewardson Way,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’S Minister of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture. “This pro­ject puts the safety of peo­ple first by sep­a­rat­ing pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists from a busy street.”

The new over­pass will be lo­cated east of the Queens­bor­ough Bridge where there is no pedes­trian cross­walk. It will al­low pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists to safely cross 6th Av­enue and Stewardson Way. The over­pass will also pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess to Grim­ston Park, the 22nd Street tran­sit ex­change and the Mil­len­nium/ Expo Sky­train sta­tion. The pro­ject is ex­pected to get un­der­way in Jan­uary 2019 and be com­pleted in sum­mer.

The $5.1-mil­lion Stewardson Way pedes­trian/ cy­clist over­pass pro­ject is be­ing im­ple­mented through the Pub­lic Tran­sit In­fra­struc­ture Fund (PTIF), which is funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada at 50% for el­i­gi­ble costs, with the Prov­ince of Bri­tish Columbia pro­vid­ing 33% and Translink 17%. Kingston Con­struc­tion Ltd. has been awarded the con­tract.

Judy Darcy, MLA for New West­min­ster said: “I know how im­por­tant this new over­pass is for our city, peo­ple need to be able to safely cross this busy road on foot or on a bike. I am so pleased that our gov­ern­ment is able to de­liver this cross­ing, so pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and drivers can get to their des­ti­na­tion safely.”

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