A new suspended pedestrian bridge is about to be constructed across the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR).
Metro Vancouver, along with the District of North Vancouver, has been working with consultants and the community to re-establish a bridge crossing and improve trail connections in the LSCR following a 2014 rockslide.
And last week, Metro Vancouver announced that it has issued a multi-bridge tender and awarded a $2,256,614 contract to Surespan Construction Ltd. The company will be building the pedestrian bridge across the Seymour River and the vehicular bridge for Metro Vancouver Operations at Riverside Drive.
According to Metro Vancouver, the project is anticipated to begin soon, and will continue through fall 2018.
The project includes the construction of a new pedestrian bridge near the former Twin Bridge across the Seymour River, the construction of a new single-lane vehicular bridge for Metro Vancouver operations access at Riverside Drive, the replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail near the north end of Riverside Drive, and trail connection improvements to the new infrastructure.
“Metro Vancouver recognizes the recreational importance of the former Twin Bridge to the community and to trail users across the region. To ensure that access is restored, Metro Vancouver will be constructing a new pedestrian bridge across the Seymour River to re-establish the east-west connection of Fisherman’s Trail,” reads a project Fact Sheet.
“The new bridge will be constructed in the same general area where the former bridge was located, however, it will be significantly longer and higher. When complete the new bridge will accommodate various motor-less traffic such as hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers.”
As per Metro Vancouver’s construction schedule, expect the new bridge later this year.