Ross Road bridges and infrastructure

We are replacing two timber bridges in the 1300 block of Ross Road. The bridges are reaching the end of their lifespans, and have limited capacity. At the same time, crews will take this opportunity to upgrade the watermain, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer system on Ross Road (between Mountain Highway and Allan Road).

Work also includes repaving the road, installing new sidewalks on both sides of the street, and adding new street lighting to increase pedestrian safety, including a button-activated flashing crosswalk at Allan Road. Creek enhancements will improve stability and the overall habitat.

To minimize the amount of disruption to the neighbourhood, this work will be done simultaneously. Work will begin in summer 2019 and be completed by spring 2021.

News and updates

Work in progress

Work we're currently completing includes:

  • Bridge superstructure reinforcement and concrete, including girders, deck, and abutment

Coming up

Here's a summary of work planned for this fall:

  • Final creek works and bank reconstruction on the south side of the bridges
  • Planting and driveway restoration along the entire project
  • Underground utility connections installed through new bridge decks
  • Fortis BC gas main work

Work scheduled for later this year and towards the end of the project includes:

  • Road paving and line painting
  • Sidewalk and curb construction on the south side of the road
  • Driveway repaving on the south side of the road
  • New street lights, including a flashing pedestrian crossing at Allan Rd

August 2020 — Construction update

Here's what we've completed so far:

  • Girders for both sections of the bridge
  • Pile driving
  • North sections of both bridges
  • North sidewalk between Mountain Hwy and Allan Rd, with small sections remaining
  • Creek stabilization and habitat enhancement for Coleman Creek and Hastings Creek on the north side of the road
  • Approximately 95% of underground utilities installed, including a new watermain, lift station, and sanitary sewer

Traffic impacts

Temporary traffic configuration

Additional road closures are required to complete critical work within the regional timing window when work may be carried out with the lowest risk to fish and habitat.

Flag persons will be on site to assist with pedestrian, vehicle, and bike movement at critical intersections. 

Ross Rd between Allan Rd and Mountain Hwy

Eastbound: Ross Rd continues to be closed to through vehcile traffic weekdays between 7am and 4pm.

Westbound: Ross Rd will continue to be open to one-way, westbound traffic only. Some westbound closures will occur between 9am and 2pm.

Bicycle and and pedestrian access continues to be maintained both ways on Ross Rd during construction. We anticipate two-way traffic on Ross Rd will be resinstated near the end of the project.

Traffic map: Eastbound traffic on Ross Rd will be temporarily closed during construction. Westbound traffic will remain open. 

Pathway connecting Ross Rd and East 29th St

To allow for project work, the pedestrian and bike pathway connecting Ross Rd and East 29th St is temporarily closed for access. Pedestrian detour signs are installed throughout the neighborhood to direct pedestrian traffic to safe routes.

We anticipate the pathway will be open near the end of the project.

Pedestrian detour

View details about pedestrian detour routes by clicking on the coloured images on the map.

Project details

Area of work

Construction schedule

Work started in early July 2019. The majority of work will be completed by early 2021.

Project scope

  • Bridges — Replacement of two aging timber bridges at Coleman Creek and Hastings Creek
  • Sidewalk — Complete roadway reconstruction, including a new sidewalk on the north side of Ross Road
  • Utilities —  Reconstruction of watermain, sanitary and storm sewers, and construction of a new sanitary sewer pump station
  • Pavement — Full pavement reconstruction
  • Creek — Channel improvements

Bike lanes are not within the scope of this project, but may be considered in a future revision of the Bike Master Plan (BMP).

Project background

Our Asset Management Plan (AMP) for Bridges identifies the Ross Road bridges as priorities for replacement. The sidewalk replacement is identified as a high priority in our Pedestrian Master Plan and the route is well-used by children walking to and from Ross Road Elementary school. 

Drawings, photos

The final product may not appear exactly as pictured.

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