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New overpass out of Downtown Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver is set to spend millions of dollars on a major new road project, but this time it’s not focused on cyclists.  The Powell Street Overpass, set to launch next month, should eventually make it easier for you to leave the downtown core.

“It’s a roughly $50 million bridge that would take Powell Street over the railway line that connects the False Creek flats with the Port of Vancouver.  Currently, vehicles have to stop and wait for trains that cross,” says the City of Vancouver’s Director of Transportation Jerry Dobrovolny.

It also frees up more room for the port.

“Construction time would be on the order of a year or a little over a year and we would have a comprehensive traffic management plan that would go in place.  We would be looking at lots of notification for drivers and there would be detour routes to get around the construction,” adds Dobrovolny.

It will have four traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks.