TransLink announces funding for Delta road improvements

Delta is getting over $645,00 for projects in Ladner, Tsawwassen and Tilbury; none for North Delta

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TransLink is giving Delta more than $645,00 for road improvements, but none of the funds are earmarked for projects in North Delta.

On Friday afternoon, the regional transportation authority announced $23 million in funding for 51 capital projects across the Lower Mainland aimed at improving “road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and reduce congestion across Metro Vancouver,” according to release to media.

“These investments help build connections in communities. They improve quality of life by making it easier for people to get around their city. Whether it’s on foot, bike or car, it lets people pick the mode of travel that works best for them on any given day,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in a press release.

Delta is slated to use the money for three projects in South Delta: $354,060 for Arthur Drive roadway and utility improvements (roadway widening, streetlight improvements at three intersections, drainage improvements and construction of bike lanes on Arthur Drive from Deltaport Way to Augustine House), $171,800 for 8A Avenue roadway and utility improvements, and $120,000 to replace a tasker flood box in Tilbury (seismic upgrades, replacement of the old flood box and roadway reconstruction on River Road at 80 Street).

TransLink is also contributing $41.8 million for the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the region’s major road network (MRN), which consists of more than 2,300 lane kilometres (600 road kilometres) of major arterial roads that carry commuter, transit and truck traffic.

Each municipality decides how to best use the funds for a range of activities, including street cleaning and snow removal, maintaining streetlights, traffic signals and signs, patching potholes, and repaving. Funding is provided per kilometre of the MRN within each municipality.

Delta will receive just over $2.4 million to help cover operation, maintenance and rehabilitation costs for the portion of the MRN within the municipality.

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