BC’s Roberts Bank rail corridor getting upgrades

by MM&D staff

DELTA, BC: Construction has been announced for the 80th Street overpass in Delta, BC, a project along the Roberts Bank rail corridor (RBRC). The overpass is a funding partnership worth $20 million, with the Government of Canada contributing $7.2 million, the province of British Columbia $2 million and Port Metro Vancouver $4.8 million. The corporation of Delta is also providing $1.8 million for construction and $6 million to acquire lands.

“Once completed, this grade separation will enhance rail operations and accommodate increased road and rail movements along the RBRC, an integral part of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor,” said Fast.

One of nine projects in the $307-million RBRC program, the 80th Street overpass, combined with the other projects under the program, is designed to ease traffic in Delta, Surrey, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. The program is composed of eight overpasses and one railway siding in a 70-kilometre stretch that connects Roberts Bank, Canada’s largest container facility and coal terminal, with the North American rail network. The cooridor is expected to carry increasing volumes of goods from around the world.

The overpass includes the recently completed repaving of 72nd Street, a new intersection at Ladner Trunk Road and 72nd Street, and an warning system on Ladner Trunk Road to divert motorists to 80th Street if a train blocks 72nd Street. The Government of Canada said the 80th Street overpass will benefit Delta by minimizing traffic delays and providing uninterrupted vehicle access to Boundary Airport—a key service enhancement to the airport and the surrounding industrial areas.

“Along with the port community, we are investing $50 million in overpasses to improve safety and to separate road and rail traffic along the entire Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, from Delta to Langley,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. “We are pleased to work with our funding partners to advance infrastructure projects, like the 80th Street overpass, which benefit communities and support Canadian trade and jobs in the most sustainable way.”

The overpass is scheduled for completion by June 2012.