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$19M Highway 1 pedestrian, bike overpass in Burnaby nears construction

Design features of the new Burnaby overpass will include lighting, weather steel and CCTV cameras.

You could expect to see crews clearing ground in preparation for the new $18.9-million pedestrian and bike overpass over Highway 1 this month.

The overpass will connect Burnaby Lake Regional Park with the cultural centre near Deer Lake, including Burnaby Village Museum and the Burnaby Art Gallery at Claude Avenue.

Staff will present to council on the design at its meeting Monday, Sept. 11.

In a report to council, staff laid out a variety of the overpass' design features and why they were chosen.

Technical assessment showed painting the structure could lead to corrosion, so weather steel was recommended for the exterior finish, according to the staff report.

The material is "extremely durable and resistant" and has a lifespan estimated to be more than 120 years.

The overpass will have enhanced lighting and security, including closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Metro Vancouver is planning a future public washroom at the Glencarin Day Use Area to the west of the overpass on the north side of Highway 1.

The washroom is expected to be complete in three to five years, which would align with when the Burnaby Lake overpass finishes construction.

Burnaby's parks department is also considering a public washroom near the south landing of the overpass.

The city will select the steel fabrication company this month.

Ground preparation and vegetation clearing is expected to begin this September, and major excavation is planned to begin in spring 2024.