The B.C. government has announced construction is starting on phases two and four of the Lower Lynn Improvement Project that will significantly shorten commute times and improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on the North Shore.
These two of four phases of the Lower Lynn project will reduce congestion and result in safer, faster commutes for the 120,000 people travelling to and from the North Shore daily, especially during peak times.
Once complete, Highway 1 travel during peak times will be reduced by at least nine minutes in the eastbound direction and four minutes in the westbound direction between the top of the cut to mid-span Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. The new roadwork will create safer merge lanes and reduce the risk of accidents in the area by one-third.
“Congestion on the North Shore is a real problem. I know people living and working on the North Shore are keen to see infrastructure investments that will address bottlenecks near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This significant overhaul of the Lower Lynn transportation networks should offer relief to commuters.”
The project will deliver:
- two new bridges on both sides of the existing four-lane Lynn Creek Bridge;
- a new Mountain Highway eastbound on-ramp;
- a new five-lane Keith Road overpass over Highway 1;
- a new illuminated tunnel for safer pedestrian and cycling crossings;
- enhancements to improve fish and wildlife habitat at Keith Creek;
- two new westbound lanes connecting Mount Seymour Parkway and Mountain Highway;
- upgrades to the Mount Seymour Parkway westbound off-ramp; and
- 3.4 kilometres of new roadway bike paths, sidewalks and multi-use pathways.
Funding for all four phases of the Lower Lynn Project is being provided by the Province of B.C. ($76.7 million), the Government of Canada ($66.6 million) and the District of North Vancouver ($54.7 million), a total investment of $198 million.