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New Transportation Link Officially Opens

October 22, 2011

Surrey – A vital link in Surrey’s transportation network was officially opened on Saturday, marking the completion of the largest investment in cycling infrastructure in Surrey’s history.

The community joined federal, provincial and local politicians to help open the new Pioneer Cycling and Pedestrian Overpass, as well as the new Winter Crescent Park, located at the foot of the overpass. In addition, the event commemorated the opening of the Tynehead Overpass and a number of cycling pathways and bike lanes throughout Surrey.

“Our Government is proud to invest in these important projects to improve community infrastructure for residents and visitors of Surrey,” said MP Hiebert, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “The opening of these pedestrian bridges is a concrete example of how Canada’s Economic Action Plan has helped to stimulate the economy and provide real results to communities in British Columbia.”

“The new overpasses are an important investment in the future of Surrey by connecting communities divided by highways to regional cycling and pedestrian routes,” said Kevin Falcon, MLA for Surrey—Cloverdale and Minister of Finance. “The B.C. Government is committed to putting families first and by building this overpass we improved the connection between communities in my riding and created family supporting jobs.”

“The overpasses represent the single largest investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in Surrey’s history, and are an example of what can be accomplished when all three levels of government work in partnership,” said Mayor Watts. “The new infrastructure will connect existing routes, provide viable and sustainable transportation options, and serve as signature gateways for people entering our city.”

The Pioneer overpass over Highway 99 at 35th Avenue spans 73 metres and connects neighbourhoods on both sides of the highway to regional cycling routes. These routes will eventually connect to the U.S. border.

The infrastructure investment also includes the Tynehead overpass over Highway 1 at 168th Street, which is 122 metres long and connects Tynehead Regional Park with the Fraser Heights community. The overpass was officially opened this summer and the project also includes 3.9 km of pathways and 9.6 km of on-street bike lanes.

The governments of Canada and British Columbia each committed $3.58 million to the $12 million project, through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The City of Surrey provided the remaining funds. The overpasses complete major links in the city’s network of cycling and pedestrian paths, and serve as signature landmarks.

The overpasses include two new public art projects, which consist of nighttime light features that will transition between themes. They are part of the City’s Public Art Program and are designed to enhance Surrey’s livability and cultural vitality.

The City of Surrey is currently undergoing a comprehensive expansion of walking and cycling opportunities and is developing 29 km of pedestrian and cycling pathways, 92 km of on-street bike lanes and 28 km of park paths.

The City of Surrey provided funding through the Build Surrey Program, the most comprehensive construction program in Surrey’s history. The plan contains $2.8 billion in construction, including $800 million in new community projects and $2 billion worth of facilities being built in partnership with other levels of government. These projects will act as a catalyst to stimulate further private sector investment and job creation, and will enhance the quality of life for residents.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is funding approximately 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country. Since March 2009, the federal government has committed over $505 million to more than 440 projects across British Columbia under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund alone.

Since October 2008, over $5.5 billion has been committed by the province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 35,000 jobs over the life of the projects.

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For further information on the Government of Canada's infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

For more information on the Pioneer Cycling and Pedestrian Overpass, visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/8193.aspx

For more information on the Tynehead Cycling and Pedestrian Overpass, visit:
http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/8544.aspx

Media Contacts:

Pierre Floréa
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Thomas Marshall
Communications Officer
BC Government Caucus
250-387-8589

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604-375-4584

Vincent Lalonde, P.Eng.
General Manager
Engineering Department
City of Surrey
604-591-4314

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154