Feds pony up $20 million for Deltaport causeway
The federal government will contribute $19.9 million, through its Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), to a $45-million overpass on the Deltaport Causeway, part of Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project.
“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and securing long-term prosperity for Canadian families,” said Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay. “This new project will not only make it easier for Canadian exports to travel through the Asia-Pacific Gateway to high-growth markets throughout Asia, but will address some of the transportation pressures port growth has placed on local transportation.”
The two-lane overpass is expected to improve the efficiency, safety and fluidity of traffic to and from the terminal, by eliminating conflicts between rail and truck traffic. It will contribute up to 200,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of additional capacity annually at Deltaport.
Robin Silvester, President and CEO of PMV, said the Road and Rail Improvement Project aims to increase industrial density and container capacity at Roberts Bank, while easing the impacts the port on nearby communities.