Installation of new pedestrian railway crossings at White Rock’s West Beach is nearly complete.

White Rock rail crossings nearing completion

Parking lot traffic patterns also changing due to rail work, says director of engineering.

Pedestrian railway crossings under construction on White Rock’s West Beach are getting closer to completion.

City officials say the two at-grade, zigzag crossings – being installed at a cost of nearly $500,000 – are on-schedule for completion by the end of this month.

But the controlled crossings are not the only change residents and visitors will notice once the project is finished.

Greg St. Louis, the city’s director of engineering and municipal operations, said Friday that traffic patterns for the adjacent parking lot – located immediately west of the Metro Vancouver pump station – are also being modified, to improve flow and reduce congestion.

Traffic flow in the lot will be reduced to one-way, and the current entrance at the east end of it will likely become exit only.

“We don’t want people just past the Metro Vancouver pump station making a left and backing up the intersection (at Oxford Street),” St. Louis said.

There will be no loss of parking, but the promenade will gain an additional 15-20 feet of green space, he added.

An official opening is set for 2 p.m. June 26 at the White Rock Museum & Archives, 14970 Marine Dr.

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