A 3 block stretch of Powell Street has reopened after it was first closed in June 2013 to allow for the construction of an $50 million overpass to separate motor vehicle traffic from the railway crossing to Port Metro Vancouver.
Prior to the closure, it was one of the city’s busiest transportation routes with more than 30,000 vehicles per day. Long traffic backups often occurred whenever trains crossed over Powell Street.
The new overpass consists of a four-lane elevated road over the trail tracks, bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks.
Port Metro Vancouver contributed $19.5-million while Transport Canada contributed another $18.5-million. TransLink, the City of Vancouver, and Canada Pacific also provided between $3.75-$4.5-million each in funding.
According to the City of Vancouver, the overpass will officially open during the first week of August.
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