Bon Accord Pedestrian Bridge opens to connect City Centre with Fraser Heights
May 2, 2015
Surrey, BC – Surrey communities City Centre and Fraser Heights celebrated a new connection between their two neighbourhoods on Saturday at the official opening of the Bon Accord Pedestrian Bridge at 109th Avenue and 144th Street.
This bridge is part of a 5 km cycling route that creates a connection from Fraser Heights to the bike network north of the Fraser River via the BC Parkway. The project has been jointly funded by the City of Surrey and the Provincial Government; under the Province’s BC Gateway Program, Surrey received a grant of $1,159,870 representing 50% of the total $2.3 million project cost for the construction of the route between Fraser Heights/Port Mann Bridge and Surrey City Centre.
“Transportation affects the quality of life of everyone in our community, and building infrastructure that allows residents to easily and efficiently travel throughout Surrey is one of the City’s key priorities,” said City of Surrey Mayor, Linda Hepner. “Bon Accord Pedestrian Bridge, as a part of the project to connect City Centre and Fraser Heights with cycling paths, is a piece of the larger plan to transform Surrey into a community where people have diverse choices in the way that they travel.”
The City’s Transportation Strategic Plan identifies the provision of transportation choices, including cycling as a key component of transportation investment within Surrey. In recent years, Surrey has been expanding its cycling network by approximately 12 km a year.
“Investing in Surrey’s cycling infrastructure connects communities and contributes to healthier lifestyles,” said Councillor Tom Gill, Chair of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. “It is a part of the City’s vision for the expansion of cycling as a safe and convenient transportation choice for Surrey residents and visitors.”
Councillor Dave Woods and Honourable Amrik Virk, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead and Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, were present at the grand opening to provide welcoming remarks.
For more information about Surrey’s Transportation Strategic Plan, including new infrastructure improvements for roadways, cycling and pedestrian routes, and building Light Rail Transit, visit www.surrey.ca/transportation
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