“This pathway will increase traffic safety, and provide people with easier access to the Junction Shopping Centre. Since it will offer both protection and convenience, it is both a practical and efficient investment for our community.” – Randy Hawes, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission
Why this matters:
· Construction of the pedestrian pathway on Highway 11 from Highway 7 to the Junction Shopping Centre will increase safety for the public by separating pedestrians and cars that currently share the roadway.
· Increased traffic in the area since the construction of Junction Shopping Centre in 1998 has led to safety concerns for pedestrians using the shoulder of Highway 11 to walk between Highway 7 and the Shopping Centre.
· The project consists of two phases of work. The first phase is underway and includes the construction of a new 2 meter paved path from Highway 7 to the CP Rail overpass as well as lighting upgrades.
· The second phase will include adding a new pedestrian sidewalk to the CP rail overpass as well as undertaking a seismic upgrade of the overpass. Work is scheduled to begin this May and be completed by the fall of 2013.
“This stretch of road is very dangerous for pedestrians. These significant improvements will make all the difference and allow people to safely walk to the Junction Mall.” – Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission