Harris Road Rail Crossing Closed for Three Days for Repair

October 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2014
For further information, contact Ike DeBoer
Engineering Services Coordinator
604-465-2425
ideboer@pittmeadows.bc.ca

HARRIS ROAD RAIL CROSSING CLOSED 3 DAYS FOR REPAIR

PITT MEADOWS, BC – After fielding concerns and complaints from residents about the uneven terrain over the CP Rail tracks on Harris Road, the City has worked with CP Rail to coordinate repairs, but it will require a full closure of the site 24 hours a day from 9am Tuesday, October 28 to 5pm Thursday, October 30.

All vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be directed to detour routes during the closure. West Coast Express trains will run as regularly scheduled. All emergency responders, including fire crews in Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam, police, and ambulance have been notified and are aware of the detour routes, and are preparing action plans for their agencies.

“It will be an inconvenience for a few days, but the repairs will make the site safer for vehicles and pedestrians with strollers or those in wheelchairs who use the crossing,” said Ike DeBoer, the City's Engineering Services Coordinator.

“The majority of feedback we've had from residents has been positive. They know that it will be inconvenient, but it's short-term and people are happy to see the work being done."

“The crossing hasn't been repaired in about ten years, so it's due.”

The City has posted detour route maps on their website at pittmeadows.bc.ca, and signage will be posted on Lougheed Highway as well as at key points within the City to redirect drivers.

Vehicle detours include access via Kennedy Road to Ford Road from Lougheed Highway westbound, Hammond Road to Dunn Avenue and through to Maple Meadows Way, or Airport Way to Golden Ears Way to access Lougheed Highway eastbound.

Pedestrians are directed to the pedestrian overpass at Bonson Road between Edith McDermott and Davie Jones elementary schools. The pedestrian overpass is wheelchair accessible.

More information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the City's website at pittmeadows.bc.ca.
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