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Roads, Bridges, and Goods Movement



Road, Cycling, and Pedestrian Improvements

People crossing an empty street.

As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, our mission is to connect the region and enhance its livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. Regionally significant roads, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure are key parts of that equation.

TransLink partners with municipalities and other stakeholders to improve this infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver.

Through our municipal cost-sharing programs, TransLink contributes up to 75 per cent of eligible capital costs for infrastructure upgrades that will improve mobility options for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for years to come.

These projects are driven by the municipality involved and include the addition of new or improved:

Road

  • Travel lanes

  • Left-turn lanes

  • Road safety and efficiency

  • Curb ramps

  • Road structures

  • Bus speed upgrades

Biking

  • Bikeways

  • Bike signals

  • Road safety and efficiency

Pedestrian Walkways

  • Pedestrian signals

  • Multi-use paths

  • Sidewalks

  • Street crossing improvements


Road, Cycling, and Pedestrian Improvements

People crossing an empty street.

As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, our mission is to connect the region and enhance its livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. Regionally significant roads, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure are key parts of that equation.

TransLink partners with municipalities and other stakeholders to improve this infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver.

Through our municipal cost-sharing programs, TransLink contributes up to 75 per cent of eligible capital costs for infrastructure upgrades that will improve mobility options for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for years to come.

These projects are driven by the municipality involved and include the addition of new or improved:

Road

  • Travel lanes

  • Left-turn lanes

  • Road safety and efficiency

  • Curb ramps

  • Road structures

  • Bus speed upgrades

Biking

  • Bikeways

  • Bike signals

  • Road safety and efficiency

Pedestrian Walkways

  • Pedestrian signals

  • Multi-use paths

  • Sidewalks

  • Street crossing improvements


From 2017 to 2021, TransLink committed approximately $262 million towards more than 478 road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects across the region.

View 2021 Municipal Funding Projects

TransLink also contributes to the annual upkeep and maintenance of 675 kilometres of the Major Road Network (MRN). This Operations, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation (OMR) funding helps keep the Major Road Network in a state of good repair, ensuring that people and goods can move efficiently and safely across the region.

Work on the Major Road Network is planned and performed by municipalities and includes activities such as street cleaning and snow removal, patching potholes, repaving, and maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs.

From 2017 to 2021, TransLink provided municipal partners with more than $219 million to operate, maintain, and rehabilitate the Major Road Network. Each year, municipalities receive an amount that is proportionate to the number of Major Road Network lane kilometres within their community.


Major Road Network

The Major Road Network (MRN) supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the region. It includes 675 kilometres of major arterial roads that carry commuter, transit, and truck traffic. The Major Road Network connects the provincial highway system with the local road network, and some corridors also serve cyclists and pedestrians.

TransLink, in partnership with municipalities, plans the region's Major Road Network. TransLink contributes funding for the on-going operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRN, but ownership and operational responsibility for the MRN remains with the respective municipalities. TransLink also shares the cost of road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects with municipal partners and other stakeholders, in order to expand options for driving, cycling, and walking across the region.

Major Road Network, Cycling and Pedestrian Projects

Upgrading road, cycle & pedestrian infrastructure

  • TransLink’s Municipal Upgrade Program invests in 21 municipalities, Electoral Area A and the Tsawwassen First Nation.

  • TransLink has invested $66.8 million to upgrade or build new infrastructure in 2021.

    • 131 projects across all 23 local governments.

  • TransLink has invested over $262 Million to upgrade or build new infrastructure since 2017.

    • 478 projects across the region.

  • Since 2017, TransLink invested in:

    • 110 k.m. of cycling paths

    • 31 k.m. of upgraded road infrastructure

    • 32 k.m. of walking paths

    • 69 k.m. of multi-use paths

Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Maintaining the Major Road Network (MRN)

  • TransLink has Invested $58.2 million in 2021 to help keep the Major Road Network in a state of good repair.

    • TransLink has Invested $219 million in total towards the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Major Road Network since 2017.

  • TransLink has invested in the maintenance of over 850 structures since 2017 to help keep drivers safe on structures such as bridges, culverts, and retaining walls.

  • TransLink also invests in the maintenance of over 1115 traffic signals throughout the region.

Map of Major Road Network, Cycling and Pedestrian Projects

Through its municipal cost-sharing programs, TransLink contributes funding towards a variety of road, cycling, pedestrian improvement projects across Metro Vancouver. Learn more about which projects are completed or currently underway in your community on the map below.

TransLink also owns and maintains five bridges:

  • Knight Street Bridge

  • Pattullo Bridge

  • Golden Ears Bridge

  • Westham Island Bridge

  • the Canada Line bike and pedestrian bridge

Take a close look at the Major Road Network Map to see which roads are part of the MRN. 


Regional Road Performance Monitoring Report

Cars driving across Granville Street bridge on a clear sunny day

Healthy regional roads are essential to the livability and economic success of our region. They enable the efficient movement of goods and connect commuters to the people and places that matter the most.

TransLink is more than transit. In partnership with municipalities, we plan the region's Major Road Network (MRN). We also contribute funding for the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRN and share the cost of road, cycling, and pedestrian improvement projects with municipal partners.

Our new Regional Road Performance Monitoring (RRPM) report and online dashboard collect and present important data on the health and safety of Metro Vancouver’s regional roads. It helps us understand the location, scale, and complexity of our road network challenges.

This is our first RRPM report. As we restart our economy from the pandemic and plan for our future, the data in future iterations of this report can help TransLink and road authorities make informed, performance-based decisions. It also reinforces the need for strong partnerships and strategic investments across the region to help create a safer and more efficient road network.


Feedback

If you have any feedback on the RRPM online dashboard, please email us at rrpm@translink.ca.


Goods Movement Initiatives

Traffic on a bridge

Moving the Economy: A Regional Goods Movement Strategy for Metro Vancouver

Goods movement is an essential part of our region’s transportation network. Residents need food, clothing, and other goods, much of which need to be transported to local stores throughout our region. In addition, many businesses in Metro Vancouver rely on efficient goods movement to get their products to market in other parts of Canada, North America, and the world.

In order to promote understanding of goods movements issues, TransLink and its partners have collaborated to develop a Regional Goods Movement Strategy — the first of its kind in Metro Vancouver.

The strategy draws together actions for governments and agencies at all levels, the private sector, and other organizations. It also represents a major step forward for TransLink to fulfill its mandate of providing a regional transportation system that efficiently moves both people and goods.

The challenge that this strategy addresses is how to deliver goods and services to more people and businesses within a shared and increasingly limited space. The strategy also aims to make goods movement cleaner, quieter, safer, and more cost-effective It is an ambitious agenda, but one that partners in this region are confident we can advance if we work together.

Check out the Regional Goods Movement Strategy and Backgrounder for more information.

Opened in 1937, the Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the Lower Mainland. It's part of the Major Road Network, serving primarily as a connection between Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby, and is a critical transportation link for the movement of people, goods, and services.

Project Overview

While the Pattullo Bridge is safe for drivers who are using it today, the aging bridge faces several challenges, including seismic and structural concerns.

TransLink led the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project through its conceptual development and planning phases. In 2018, the Province took over the project and committed to funding and building the replacement bridge. Upon completion, the Province will own and operate the new Pattullo Bridge.

For more information on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project as well as project and community updates, please visit  engage.gov.bc.ca/pattullobridge

 

Westham Island Bridge Rehabilitation

The Westham Island Bridge connects Ladner with Westham Island. It opened to traffic on March 29, 1910. The bridge is approximately 325 metres long and consists of a swing span that opens for marine passage below. As one of TransLink’s oldest assets, this 108-year-old bridge requires repairs and maintenance to ensure it remains operational and safe.

Project Overview

Rehabilitation work on the Westham Island Bridge took place from fall 2018 to spring 2019. The work was completed on March 8, 2019.

The work involved repairing and replacing components across the bridge, including:

  • Piles and pile caps

  • Floor beams and stringers below the deck

  • Deck and handrail

  • Swing mechanism



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