Burnaby to replace pedestrian overpass destroyed by dump truck

Costs to be covered mostly by 'at-fault parties and insurers'

A pedestrian overpass destroyed by a dump truck in 2017 will be replaced this summer, according to the City of Burnaby.

The foot bridge that once spanned Beaverbrook Drive connected two residential areas near Lougheed Town Centre. 

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In 2017, the director of nearby Village Daycare, Wanda Gray, told the NOW the missing overpass kept her staff from bringing kids to a park on the other side of Beaverbrook. She was worried the city would not replace the bridge.

“Without the bridge, we’ll have to stay on our side,” she said.

Area residents rallied to push the city to replace the overpass, starting an online petition that currently has 390 supporters.

Doug Louie, assistant director of engineering, said the city heard those calls from residents who wanted a new bridge.

“The city is rebuilding the Beaverbrook overpass with a similar structure that existed previously and construction is scheduled for this summer with expected completion this fall,” he told the NOW in an email.

The city’s 2019-2023 capital plan budgets $300,000 for the project, but Louie said “the majority of it will be recovered from the at-fault parties and their insurers.”  

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