Philip Avenue Overpass

We're building an overpass to replace the existing at-grade Pemberton Avenue rail crossing near West 1st Street.

This is one of several transportation investment projects identified for the North Shore Trade Area to help sustainably accommodate and enhance forecast growth in international trade. 

The new overpass is complete, and opened on July 6, 2016.

News and updates

July 6, 2016 — New overpass opens

The new overpass opened to traffic on Wednesday, July 6. At the same time, the Pemberton Avenue at-grade crossing just south of West 1st street was closed permanently. Closing at-grade crossings of rail tracks improves safety and reduces noise from train operations.

map of new philips avenue overpass with pedestrian access route

November 18, 2015 — Steel archway installation

The main steel archway for the new overpass was safely installed today, and will be shortly followed up with the installation of the six concrete girders that form the north approach to the span. This is a major milestone for the project, as we are now ready to start work on the decking.

August 25, 2015 — Noise wall installation along the rail yard

Starting on August 31, we will be installing a 3-metre high noise wall along the rail yard between West 1st Street and McKeen Avenue. Construction will last for 2-3 weeks, and we do not expect any traffic delays as a result. When completed, the wall will provide a shield from rail noise switching and general rail operations.

June 16, 2015 — Installation of piles and stone columns

The contractor is installing piles and stone columns to strengthen the ground around the piers and abutments of the new overpass. During this time, nearby residents and businesses may expect to hear noise typically associated with this type of operation, such as loud hammering and a limited amount of vibration while the stone columns are being installed. Work will take place between 7am and 5 pm, weekdays only, and will take approximately eight weeks to complete.

April 2, 2015 — Temporary closure of Philip Avenue and West 1st Street

The intersection will be temporarily closed to accommodate roadwork along West 1st Street, including excavation and paving.

September 29, 2014 — Night work to complete storm sewer upgrades 

Crews will be working at night this week to complete necessary storm sewer upgrades. Work at the intersection of Philip Avenue and McKeen is scheduled for September 28 - October 3 (9pm - 6am). Night work allows crews to take advantage of low tide (and low groundwater) periods which will reduce the amount of excavation required. 

September 19, 2014 — Noise wall construction and diseased tree removal 

A 5m-high noise wall will be constructed along the north side of Welch Street at the T-junction with Philip Avenue. The wall is designed to reduce traffic-related noise originating from the new overpass to the south.

We have identified six cypress trees, which are either already dead or dying, in the park along the Spirit Trail near Welch Street and Philip Avenue. These trees have root fungus and are becoming a safety hazard so they must be removed.

Traffic and access

May 19 and 20, 2016 — McKeen Avenue will be one lane alternating traffic

There is paving and rail installation being done in the McKeen Avenue area — related to the Philip Avenue overpass project — starting at 7am on May 19, through to the evening of May 20. 

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May 17, 2016 — Permanent change to parking on McKeen Avenue

Effective May 17, 2016, there will be no parking allowed on either side of McKeen Avenue, from Pemberton Avenue to Philip Avenue.

This change is permanent and made in anticipation of much higher traffic flows on McKeen Avenue once the new overpass opens and traffic is rerouted. Safety is a top priority for the Philip Avenue Overpass project, and these permanent-parking restrictions will improve rail safety, as well as the safety of the travelling public.

Managing traffic during construction

During construction we will do everything we can to minimize traffic interruptions, noise and dust. However, if you experience any problems please contact the project manager:

Contact details

Allan Galambos, Senior Project Manager for R.F. Binnie and Associates
778-945-6079
agalambos@binnie.com

During regular business hours you can also contact the District's main reception.

Details

Improving safety, reducing congestion, noise and idling

The overpass will minimize road/rail conflicts and make traffic flow in the area more continuous, and reduce idling time and air emissions. The project will also eliminate the existing Pemberton Avenue at-grade rail crossing, which means that products can be shipped using longer trains, thereby reducing noise from rail car switching and shunting.

This area is a critical export gateway to overseas markets, and a substantial economic generator of employment in the marine, rail, and trucking industries. Recently, the area has experienced significant growth and is forecast to continue to do so.

Project partners include Transport Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the District of North Vancouver, CN Rail, and Kinder Morgan Terminals.

Documents

Review the project summary report 

Get more details on the phases of the project and details on the public and stakeholder engagement process. 

Background

Promoting growth in international trade

This project demonstrates how we are helping sustainably accommodate and enhance the growth in international trade within the North Shore Trade Area (NSTA). This area is a critical export gateway to overseas markets, and a substantial economic generator of employment in the marine, rail, and trucking industries. Recently, the area has experienced significant growth and is forecast to continue to do so.

The overpass will minimize road/rail conflicts and make traffic flow in the area more continuous, and reduce idling time and air emissions. The project will also eliminate the existing Pemberton Avenue at-grade rail crossing, which means that products can be shipped using longer trains, thereby reducing noise from rail car switching and shunting.