I’ve got some great news to tell you. We’re making some improvements to the BC Parkway! Yes, the 26-kilometre, multi-use path that parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line (most of the time), connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver is getting some needed improvements.
As noted in our interview with Peggy Gibbs, the parkway hasn’t seen any repaving since it opened 27 years ago.
TransLink is responsible for the portion of the parkway approximately between Nanaimo SkyTrain Station in Vancouver to the New Westminster SkyTrain Station (roughly 12 km). These improvements include repaving of three areas (see map above or click here for .pdf). During this time, these portions in red will be closed. Signage is posted around construction areas providing alternative routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
It’s exciting news that we’re going to be starting construction soon since improvements have been in the works for a short while. The repaving is weather permitting, so we hope to have the work done as soon as possible.
With more people and services moving near the parkway and SkyTrain stations, these improvements are important for commuters and to move towards the region’s targets of having more people cycling in the region.
If you’re a parkway user, we’d love to know your thoughts on these improvements. We’ve been working with municipal partners like the City of Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Vancouver on more repaving and other changes to the parkway in the future.