Province eyeing improvements to North Shore’s Upper Levels Highway

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Feb 11, 2022 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

Bus routes on the shoulders, twinning the Capilano River Bridge and more bicycle infrastructure – the province is eyeing significant changes to Highway 1/99 through the North Shore.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released a report Friday (Feb. 11), assessing challenges the North Shore’s highway corridor will face as it becomes much busier between now and 2050, and what can be done about it.

“The Upper Levels Highway’s obviously very important for people and goods movement throughout the North Shore and it has largely remained unstudied since the 1990s,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of State for Infrastructure and NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “[This] provides all of us in government with a road map for a range of co-ordinated, multi-modal highway network improvements.”

Unlike previous studies, this one attempts to look at the highway as transportation infrastructure more holistically, Ma said. That means less emphasis on the single-occupancy vehicle and more emphasis on more socially and environmentally responsible modes like cycling and transit.

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