North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Port Metro Vancouver
Approximately 2.6 kilometers of Low Level Road, in North Vancouver, BC, was realigned and elevated, providing space for two new rail tracks. The project also eliminated three existing road and rail crossings, thereby providing direct access to major port terminals. The design improves community mobility, enhances the availability of active transportation options, improves community safety, and mitigates threats from unstable slopes and seismic risks.
Triple Bottom Line
Economic: The project stimulated growth and development, and economic impacts generated by the Port terminals are expected to rise to 30,823 direct and indirect jobs and $2 billion in GDP in 2020.
Social: A holistic stakeholder engagement program was established during the design process to ensure that the final design appropriately reflected community needs and priorities. Additional pedestrian and cycling facilities were built as an extension to the Spirit Trail network. The project also reduced noise from train whistles, improved bike lanes, and added public art work.
Environmental: The design effectively prepares for expected climate change risks and impacts through realignment of the roadway up the slope to a higher elevation, improvements to the rail facilities, and completion of Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining walls. Professionals were consuleted with to minimize impact on Bald Eagle habitats. Two artificial nesting sites for the eagles were installed.
Port Vancouver's Low Level Road Project is the first transportation project to receive an ISI Envision award. The project enhances rail and port operations while addressing community safety and traffic congestion challenges in the area.