TransLink is providing Metro Vancouver’s municipalities with $45 million to maintain and upgrade roads that fall under the regional Major Road Network (MRN) designation.
$39 million is from the transportation agency’s annual funding for the MRN while another $6.7 million will go towards 22 construction projects that will improve the region’s road and bicycle infrastructure.
“Translink is committed to investing in projects that will improve the regional transportation network for cars, bikes, pedestrians and buses,” says Doug Kelsey, Chief Operating Officer at TransLink. “By working with our municipal partners to identify road improvement projects, we can help ensure that people and goods move efficiently and safely throughout the region.”
Since TransLink’s formation in 1999, it provided municipalities with $420 million in funding to operate, maintain and rehabilitate the region’s critical road arteries, including street cleaning and snow removal, maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs, patching potholes and pavement rehabilitation.
The MRN consists of more than 600 kilometres of major arterial roads that carry the bulk of the region’s commuter, transit and truck traffic. Each municipality receives an amount that corresponds to the amount of MRN roads in its jurisdiction.
This year’s capital improvement funding will be directed towards the four-lane widening of Fraser Highway in the Township of Langley, the Tannery Greenway multi-use pathway in Surrey, and the Murray Street bikeway extension in Port Moody. Since 2008, TransLink has committed more than $110 million toward 250 road and cycling improvement projects across the region.