Walkers, runners and cyclists on the Mary Hill Bypass may soon have a new multi-use path to get between Coquitlam’s United Boulevard and Argue Street in Port Coquitlam.
This month, B.C.’s ministry of transportation and infrastructure announced “economic recovery funding” to design the eastbound path, looking at risks, costs and future construction along the road shoulder.
The design work for a three- to four-metre wide route will also take environmental impacts into consideration as the path would be close to the Fraser River and riparian areas, a ministry spokesperson told the Tri-City News.
In total, the provincial government handed out $16.7 million this month for more than 45 projects around B.C. — focusing on transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights-of-way — as part of its StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan.
The projects picked must be wrapped up by March or sooner, according to the ministry.
"From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have naturally been more interested in using active transportation to safely move around and stay connected to their community," said Rob Fleming, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a news release. "With this funding as part of our government's economic recovery plan, we were able to create new jobs and get shovels in the ground quickly to build infrastructure that helps our communities build back stronger."