A notorious Burnaby ratrunner route is set to re-open as construction wraps up

Back in April, I wrote about how a whopping 40 tickets were handed out at a playground zone on Springer Avenue at Beecher Park during a Burnaby RCMP traffic sting.

That stretch of Springer is used as a ratrunner route between Lougheed Highway and Parker Street or Hastings – with the obvious dangerous speeding that comes along with it.

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The residents of this area – especially children – have had a reprieve of sorts thanks to the FortisBC project that has been upgrading aging gas lines.

FortisBC work has blocked parts of Springer during the past few months, meaning ratrunners have had to go elsewhere to wreak havoc.

That reprieve is starting to end.

Springer Avenue reopened to traffic between Broadway and Halifax Street in Burnaby last week, although the project will need to return for one day this coming week to finalize the paving.
Work continues at the nearby Lougheed Highway-Springer Avenue intersection, with lane closures on both Lougheed Highway and Springer Avenue as crews test the new gas line and connect it to the existing system.
This work is expected to finish next month. Once it’s all completed, look for ratrunners to return.

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