Westwood Street Rail Crossing Improvements Project

Upgrading the rail crossings along Westwood Avenue were identified as a priority through a collaborative planning process by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Transport Canada, TransLink, B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council.

Public engagement

Engagement will take place when the early designs reach a stage where community input can provide the most meaningful value.

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Phone: 604.665.9004

Procurement opportunities

Learn more about procurement opportunities for contractors and design consultants at portvancouver.com/infrastructureprocurement.

The project includes:

  • Studies and preliminary work for a possible Westwood Street underpass to cross the rail line
  • Studies and preliminary work on options for a possible Kingsway Avenue underpass or overpass to cross the rail line

The port authority is now working with Indigenous groups, municipalities, and other stakeholders to advance project design, technical studies, and community engagement.

 

Westwood Street before

Rendering of underpass at Westwood Street

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. Anticipated 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 – Project submitted to the National Trade Corridors Fund for funding
  • 2018 – The Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund grants funding for studies and design planning of crossings
  • 2021 – Pending results of early studies and design planning, the port authority will pursue additional funding for construction

Timelines are subject to change

Project partners

Successfully delivering this project will require strong collaboration with the City of Port Coquitlam, City of Coquitlam, local Indigenous groups, and CP. We will work closely with these organizations to ensure the project addresses their needs and interests.

 

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.

Please sign up for the project newsletter to stay informed of future engagement opportunities.

 

Funding Partners

The early design and study portion of this project is 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