Richmondites can look forward to better traffic mobility in and around city centre with the construction of a new River Parkway at Gilbert Road, along the former railway corridor to Cambie Road near No. 3 Road. The undertaking, expected to wrap-up in early 2020, is part of Richmond’s plan to create a network of connecting links in areas surrounding downtown to alleviate growing congestion on existing major routes.
“The opening of River Parkway will provide a huge improvement to traffic flow throughout north Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It will provide a great new option for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians travelling to and through the City Centre. It will also facilitate eventual development of the new Lulu Island Park, a major new 37-acre waterfront park along the Middle Arm that will serve residents, workers and tourists within the City Centre.”
A ceremonial ground breaking took place in early September, and actual work is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks — a small section of the parkway has already been created alongside other recent development in the neighbourhood. The first phase involves a two-lane road and separate protected bike lanes, and later, paved walkways, additional traffic signals and crosswalks at all intersections and an off-street multi-use path on the south side of Cambie.
Of the $13.2 million price tag, Translink is funding $2.55 million towards the cycling and pedestrian components. The balance is sourced from Road Development Cost Charges.
“TransLink is proud to support such an important project in the city of Richmond,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Our mandate is to make it easier for people to get around the region regardless of how they travel. The River Parkway project will build some great new walking and cycling connections, and help people to connect to Canada Line.”
The River Parkway complements other roadworks completed within the past few years including lane widening and bike lane implementation on Gilbert Road, an extension between Minoru Boulevard and Alderbridge Way on Cedarbridge Way, and others.