Westwood Street Rail Crossing Improvements Project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority completed studies and early design work to separate road and rail at two crossings along Westwood Street. These upgrades were identified as a priority through a collaborative planning process by the port authority, Transport Canada, TransLink, B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council.  

Public engagement

If the project advances to detailed design and construction, we will share public engagement opportunities at that time.

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The project included: 

  • Studies and early design work for a possible underpass to separate road and rail on Westwood Street near Davies Avenue 
  • Studies and early design work for a possible underpass or overpass to separate road and rail on Westwood Street at Kingsway Avenue 


Project location

What design concepts did the project explore? 

Westwood crossing near Davies Avenue 

We completed studies and early design work for a possible Westwood Street underpass to cross the rail line near Davies Avenue. Rather than explore multiple design options, we started with an underpass concept as it best fit the conditions of the existing neighbourhood. This design concept included a bridge for rail traffic and vehicle traffic would pass underneath. The existing four lanes on Westwood Street would be maintained and there is space for an additional rail track if needed in the future, benefiting trade and the local community. To improve active transportation connections in the area, the design includes a multi-use path on both sides of the underpass.  


Westwood Street crossing today

Westwood Street Crossing at Kingsway Avenue 

We completed studies and early design work for a possible underpass or overpass to cross the rail line at Kingsway Avenue. Starting with 12 potential design options, project partners determined that four of those options warranted further investigation. We compared each of the four options to the base case of “do nothing” looking at the following factors: financial, mobility and safety, social and community, and environmental. We learned that some options could improve mobility and safety, but none could be achieved without significant costs and challenging tradeoffs like environmental and community impacts. In the end, we did not identify an option that would offer considerable advantage over the base case of “do nothing”. 


Kingsway Avenue crossing today

What’s next? 

Advancing this project to the detailed design and construction phase is subject to securing additional funding. Should the project advance, we will keep the public informed of any public engagement opportunities. 

Project benefits

The port authority has a positive track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement. If constructed, the expected benefits of this project include:

Improved public safety
by reducing the risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling, and driving
Reduced congestion
by improving mobility for local residents
Better emergency response
for police, firefighters, and ambulance to get to incidents faster and more easily
Reduced emissions and energy consumption
by eliminating vehicle wait times at train crossings
More reliable commute times
by removing rail crossing delays
Increased local supply-chain job opportunities
through Canada’s growing trade needs
Reduced train noise
by separating rail crossings to reduce train noise
Accommodating trade growth
by increasing capacity to move Canadian products to foreign markets, and foreign products to Canadian consumers, safely and more efficiently

The port authority will also work with the local community and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities for:

Public space improvements
by adding Indigenous cultural recognition, public art, and native species into landscaping plans
Improved connections for walking and cycling
by enhancing pedestrian walkways at rail crossings

Timeline

  • 2017 – Funding application was submitted to the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund 
  • 2018 – The Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund grants funding for studies and design planning of crossings
  • 2020 – Background studies and concept design development
  • 2020-2021 – Preliminary design 
  • 2021 – Study project complete

Project partners

Throughout the study project, the port authority collaborated with municipalities in the area, including the City of Port Coquitlam, and Canadian Pacific (CP) to ensure their needs and interests were considered in project planning. 

 

We acknowledge that while port-related developments may provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential effects on those who live, work or operate in and around port areas.

Our approach to public engagement is based on two-way communication and open dialogue, working together to ensure the community, the environment and the economy are all considered during project planning.

Phase one public engagement
You may have heard that we were planning a public engagement process in early 2021. After discussions with project stakeholders, we decided to postpone engagement until we have progressed the conceptual designs to a stage where community input can provide the most meaningful value.

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Funding Partners

The study project was funded by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the port authority, and CP.

The project is part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030