A “vital link in Surrey’s transportation network” was officially opened Saturday (Oct. 22).
The Pioneer Cycling and Pedestrian Overpass marks the completion of the largest investment in cycling infrastructure in Surrey’s history, officials say.
Community representatives joined federal, provincial and municipal politicians to help cut the ribbon on the overpass. The event also celebrated the new Winter Crescent Park, located at the foot of the structure, as well as the recent opening of the Tynehead Overpass and other cycling pathways throughout the city.
The Pioneer overpass, over Highway 99 at 35 Avenue, spans 73 metres and connects neighbourhoods on both sides of the highway to regional cycling routes that will eventually connect to the U.S. border.
The Tynehead overpass, over Highway 1 at 168 Street, is 122 metres long and connects Tynehead Regional Park with the Fraser Heights community. Officially opened in the summer, the project also includes 3.9 kilometres of pathways and 9.6 km of on-street bike lanes.
The federal and provincial governments each committed $3.58 million to the $12 million project, through the infrastructure stimulus fund. The City of Surrey provided the balance.
Both overpasses include new public art projects, which consist of nighttime light features.
Saturday’s event included a neighbourhood block party, with entertainment, a barbecue, refreshments, family activities and cycling displays.