All roads (and rails) lead to Deltaport!
The official opening of the Mufford Crescent overpass in Langley, British Columbia on September 4, 2014 marked the completion of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) infrastructure improvement projects in the lower mainland of British Columbia.
The RBRC program, which was delivered by British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, is a comprehensive package of road and rail improvement projects funded through a unique collaboration of public and private sector partners including local, regional, provincial and federal governments, as well as private industry. It was designed to enhance safety, reduce traffic congestion and enable a smoother flow of goods for trade through Canada’s Pacific Gateway.
Passing through several communities in British Columbia’s Greater Vancouver area, the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor is an important 70 kilometre stretch connecting Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport container terminal (Canada’s largest) with North America’s entire rail network. The last of nine projects in the RBRC program to be completed, the Mufford Crescent overpass project provides an overpass across the railway corridor, eliminating a busy grade-level rail crossing, and improving safety and road connectivity for local traffic.
Federal funding for the RBRC program was provided through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), which aims to make Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network for facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia. “The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program significantly strengthens Canada’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific region," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Transport. "This unprecedented government and industry partnership has built a rail corridor that enhances our transportation and trade links to important markets while improving safety for local communities.”
A number of infrastructure initiatives completed or underway in British Columbia have improved the flow of goods, people and information, enhancing the province’s reputation as North America’s gateway to the Asia Pacific region and Canada’s most connected province.