Burnaby to spend millions on road upgrades

Multi-year, multi-million-dollar plans for Marine Drive and Empire Drive improvements in the works

Burnaby council is getting ready to spend nearly $2 million on road upgrades this year.

More than $1.3 million of that money is earmarked to repair roads in central and south Burnaby in 2018, as part of the city’s Local Road Network rehabilitation plan. The city will choose the roads based on assessment of pavement quality and on input from city staff. This plan is in its second year, and the project is currently out for tender.

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Upgrades to Marine Drive from Boundary Road to Patterson Avenue, and Sussex Avenue to Byrne Road will cost over $9 million total on a multi-year plan, spending $247,000 in 2018. Sidewalks, street standards, curbs, gutters, bus route pavement, intersections, streetlights, street trees and new bus stops are all part of the package. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Empire Drive is also due for improvements, with $345,000 going toward the $4-million project in 2018.The street will remain a two-lane collector road and bus route, while creating some parking pockets, and upgrades to curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and boulevard trees. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

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