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More space for cyclists on Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – For cyclists, it’s been called one of the worst crossings in Metro Vancouver.

The province is finalizing plans to widen both the sidewalks on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.

Derek Drummond with the Ministry of Transportation says if you walk or cycle across the current span, you might notice it’s somewhat narrow.

“It makes for a challenge when a bike might meet another bike, or someone walking along the bridge. We’re looking to widen it out to enhance safety for cyclists and pedestrians.”

Right now, the sidewalks are only a metre wide; they’re expected to be widened to over two metres.

Drummond says project engineeering is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the spring. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

The Ironworkers is also getting suicide barriers as recommended by the BC Coroner’s Service.