The governments of Canada, British Columbia and the City of Burnaby announced funding to build a pedestrian and cyclist overpass over Highway 1 in Burnaby.

The new overpass will improve active transportation in the area by connecting Burnaby Lake Regional Park and Deer Lake Park. The project will connect existing trails at either end of the bridge, and will also include landscaping and fixed park furniture. Users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and low-speed mobility device users, will benefit from increased mobility options in the Highway 1 corridor, south of Burnaby Lake.

“This overpass project is really a bridge to so many benefits for the community of Burnaby and the people and visitors who spend time here,” said Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “Active transportation is essential for British Columbians seeking an alternative to driving from place to place, and now pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users will be able to easily connect between two popular parks, while enjoying the healthy benefits of being outdoors.”

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.7 million in the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of British Columbia is investing more than $3.1 million, and the City of Burnaby is contributing more than $2.5 million to the project.

“As we continue to move forward with a new vision for transportation in Burnaby, this overpass will make it easier for Burnaby residents to choose active transportation options to move throughout our community, thereby reducing carbon emissions in Burnaby,” added Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley.

Featured image: Artistic rendering of the proposed pedestrian and cyclist overpass bridge across Highway 1, linking the Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake areas. (City of Burnaby)

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