DAILY NEWS Jan 25, 2013 8:48 AM - 0 comments

Feds investing nearly $20 million in new Deltaport overpass

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OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Government of Canada will be contributing nearly half of the $45 million cost for a new overpass on the Deltaport Causeway, part of Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project. The feds will invest up to a maximum of $19.9 million on the project, which officials are calling “an efficient and cost-effective plan to increase container capacity” at the terminal, while also addressing “some of the transportation pressures port growth has placed on local transportation.” 

The overpass is designed improve the efficiency, safety and fluidity of traffic to and from the terminal, by eliminating conflicts between rail and truck traffic. The project involves the construction of a two-lane overpass that will provide grade separation between rail tracks and the Deltaport Causeway access road adjacent to the Deltaport Container Terminal. The grade separation will contribute up to 200,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of additional capacity annually at Deltaport.

“The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project will increase capacity and efficiency within our existing footprint,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver. “This project increases industrial density, adding container capacity at Roberts Bank, while easing the impacts of a growing port on nearby communities.”

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