Bridging the Week: Moving at the Speed of Light

What do railway tracks, infrared beams and the City of Houston all have in common? They all saw a little extra attention this week thanks to the recent transportation news highlighting work soon unfolding across the province.

Public transit light rail in Coquitlam
Looking South at the New Lincoln Station (artist’s rendering)

Next Stop, Lincoln Station

The Evergreen Line made tracks in the news department this week with a couple of big announcements. An additional station will be included on opening day of the Evergreen Line in the summer of 2016. Lincoln Station is being funded through a unique partnership between the Government of Canada, the City of Coquitlam and the owners of Coquitlam Centre Mall. The new station at Pinetree Way and Lincoln Avenue will result in a total of 7 stations to be built by the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project.

A contract to relocate existing railway tracks in Port Moody was also announced last week as part of the ongoing work to prepare for the installation of the Evergreen Line. The railway tracks in Port Moody will be moved to accommodate a part of the Evergreen Line guideway adjacent to Clarke Street, from Queens Street to Mary Street. Work starts in August and rail service will continue without major interruption.

It’s, like, Infrared and Ultraviolet, Man

If you think you see a light show at the side of the road this summer, you might not be imagining it. Metro Vancouver, announced this week that it will use “remote sensing” to measure the diesel pollution from thousands of semi-trailer trucks, dump trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles over the next three months. Infrared and ultraviolet beams, monitored from a specialized testing trailer on the side of a road will help the regional district better understand the emissions from these vehicles so it can design programs and policies to target diesel soot.

The beams are directed across the roadways at the height of a heavy duty truck’s “stack” or engine exhaust pipe. The beams go through the exhaust plume from passing trucks to a detector, allowing for analysis of the vehicle’s emissions. The budget for the study of heavy-duty vehicle emissions was funded in part by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Houston – We have a New Sidewalk”

Residents of Houston B.C. will soon be strolling to Steelhead Park along the south side of Highway 16, between Tweedie Avenue and Benson Avenue on a new sidewalk. In addition to the 450 meter addition, residents will also enjoy the increased safety of the Williams Crescent turn-off. The full left-turn lane on Highway 16 will provide a single, safer access route for motorists. Both projects stemmed from talks with the District of Houston and we are pleased to be able to use local crews and equipment to make these ideas a reality.

Two improvement projects on Highway 2 and Highway 97 in the Peace River area will improve safety for families, visitors and commercial traffic.

Extra Space for Safety

A couple of Peace River area highways are getting some upgrades. Highway 97 at Mile 10, approximately 15 km north of Dawson Creek, will see some improvements at the Farmington Fairways intersection, including left turn bays and enhanced lighting. It’s all happening to improve safety and reduce delays because of an increase in oil and gas and tourism traffic over the past few years. Work is scheduled to start this month and finish by late October. Congrats to Peace River’s Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. for winning the contract.

Not to be left out…Highway 2, south of Pouce Coupe will be getting a 2.8 km, southbound climbing lane, as well as improvements to the intersections at Arndt, Wade and Blockline roads. Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd., from Penticton, started the work in June and is expecting to finish in November.


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