Richmond extends key City Centre transportation corridor
19 May 2017
A new section of Lansdowne Road was opened to traffic today, providing a key new east-west transportation corridor through Richmond’s busy City Centre. The extension was officially opened by Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the City of Richmond in support of projects that reduce travel delays, provide improved truck access to regional and provincial highway systems, and foster economic growth,” said MP Peschisolido. “Projects like these help make communities like Richmond, among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”
“This new continuous east-west corridor through our entire City Centre is an important boost to local mobility. It provides an important alternative for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and helps to reduce traffic congestion,” said Mayor Brodie. “Since Richmond is an important centre for international trade, improving how people and goods move throughout our city will also support continued local, regional and national economic growth.”
The Government of Canada is providing $4.95 million to support the Lansdowne Road project as well as upgrades to No. 2 Road. Federal funding comes from the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund. The City of Richmond is providing more than $5 million in support of these projects.
The new extension is 0.3 kilometres in length, running from Minoru Boulevard to Alderbridge Way. It now allows traffic to travel along Lansdowne all the way from Garden City Way to Hollybridge Way, completely bisecting Richmond’s City Centre. The roadway will be further upgraded to full four-lane status as the surrounding neighbourhood continues to redevelop.
The contiguous new east-west corridor is a key element in Richmond’s City Centre Ring Road Network, which envisions a complete series of east-west and north-south connector routes to take pressure off of the main thoroughfares of Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road. The Ring Road Network is being constructed incrementally as the City Centre redevelops. For more information on the City Centre Transportation Plan visit: www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning/citycentre
These roadway improvements will also help support enhanced flow of goods through Richmond. As home to international airport and port facilities, with close proximity to the U.S. border, Richmond is an important centre for regional, national and international trade. Transportation and distribution is the largest local economic sector and Richmond has Metro Vancouver’s highest ratio of jobs-to-workers.