Airport Connector’s new bridge opening

by Canadian Shipper

A $40 million Airport Connector Project in British Columbua gas moved a major step closer to completion with the ceremonial opening of the project’s westbound bridge across the Moray Channel of the Fraser River.

The Airport Connector is a joint project of Vancouver International
Airport Authority and the Province of BC in partnership with the Government of Canada and the City of Richmond.

The project includes the new bridge, which runs parallel to the Moray Channel Swing Bridge, a vehicle overpass, improvements to Bridgeport Road and the Highway 99 Interchange, and development of an airport transit exchange that connects air passengers with the region’s transit system. The entire project will be completed ahead of schedule by October 31, 2001.

“Over the past 10 years, the number of passengers at YVR has grown from 10 million to more than 16 million. In addition, there are now more than 26,000 people working at the airport. Together with the growth in Richmond, and the fact that so many commuters drive across Sea Island on their way to and from Vancouver, meant the transportation infrastructure around YVR needed to be improved. That’s certainly what we’ve done with the entire Airport Connector Project,” said Graham Clarke, chair of the Vancouver International Airport Authority.

Vehicle access to the Airport Connector’s new bridge begins at 7:00 pm,
Wednesday, August 29. The new westbound route will take drivers travelling from Richmond and Highway 99 to the airport and Sea Island.

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