Urban trail approved for Gilmore overpass

A new urban trail could soon make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use the Gilmore overpass over Highway 1.

On Monday Burnaby council approved spending up to $250,000 to design a new 640 metre section on the bridge, part of the 3.3 km Gilmore urban trail that links Willingdon Heights Park to Sanderson Way at Electronic Arts. The trail is also part of the Sea to River bikeway, an 11km route from the Trans-Canada trail in North Burnaby to Fraser Foreshore in South Burnaby.

The section that traverses the overpass hasn't been upgraded since the highway was built in 1964, said a report to council.

The project is expected to cost $2.5 million to construct, half of which would be funded by TransLink under their bicycle infrastructure capital cost sharing program. Additional funding could also come from the Province, said the report.

The new section of trail would also improve facilities for transit users when it's completed in 2016.

The city's share of the cost would come from gaming funds.


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