Vancouver Road Realignment First Envision Platinum Transportation Project

September 24, 2015
An aerial view of the project. Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

For the first time, a transportation project has received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum Award.

Port Metro Vancouver’s Low Level Road project recently earned the designation from ISI, an organization co-founded in 2011 by ASCE.

The project enhances rail and port operations while addressing community safety and traffic congestion challenges in the area. Approximately 2.6 kilometers of Low Level Road, in North Vancouver, BC, was realigned and elevated, providing space for two new rail tracks. The project also eliminated three existing road and rail crossings, thereby providing direct access to major port terminals.

Stantec Consulting Inc. was the principal on the project, which was funded by Port Metro Vancouver, port industry, Canadian National Railway, Translink, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the City of North Vancouver.

“Port Metro Vancouver’s realigned Low Level Road project improves community mobility, enhances the availability of active transportation options, improves community safety, and mitigates threats from unstable slopes and seismic risks,” said ISI President and CEO William Bertera. “The road project’s design team also contributed to sustainable infrastructure through economic development and stability in the local community.”


The Port Metro Vancouver Low Level Road project includes the continuation of the Spirit Trail pedestrian walkway, including structures over two creeks and an overpass. Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk.

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