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New Bridge Connects Communities and Promotes Active Living

March 25, 2011

Surrey, B.C. – A vital transportation link between two growing Cloverdale communities is now in place following the official opening of the new North Creek Pedestrian Bridge today.

The 103 metre bridge provides a pedestrian walkway to connect the North Cloverdale West neighbourhood to Adams Road Elementary School and Clayton Hill Park to the south.

“This new bridge is an important component of our Build Surrey program, and is designed to connect our city’s greenways and cycling routes,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The new link will create healthier communities by encouraging physical activity and providing an alternative to driving, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Through LocalMotion and similar infrastructure programs, the Province is partnering with local governments across B.C. to create a legacy of environmental sustainability and healthier, more accessible communities” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon. “Projects like this demonstrate that by working together, we can make great strides towards meeting our climate action and healthy living goals.”

The $1.2-million North Creek Pedestrian Bridge was jointly funded by the City of Surrey and the Provincial Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development through the LocalMotion program. It included $550,000 investments from both the City of Surrey and the Provincial Government, along with $100,000 from the developer.

The North Creek bridge is one of three new pedestrian/cycling bridges in Surrey that will help connect over six kilometres of continuous greenways and cycling routes, including access to Cloverdale Greenway, Fraser Greenway and Clayton Greenway. The Tynehead Overpass, over Highway #1 at 168 Street, and the Pioneer Overpass, over Highway #99, are currently under construction.
As part of the City of Surrey’s new Walking Plan, which will unveiled this month, the City will continue to expand the walking and pedestrian choices available throughout the city. The plan builds on the 2008 Transportation Strategic Plan that identifies the importance of walking in achieving broader transportation options, while supporting City strategies and objectives in the areas of safety, health, accessibility, and sustainability.

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For further information contact:

Natasha Westover
Constituency Assistant to
Kevin Falcon, MLA
108-17700 Highway 10
Surrey, BC V3S 1C7
tel. 604-576-3792

Vincent Lalonde, P.Eng.
General Mgr, Engineering
City of Surrey
(604) 591-4314