Pedestrian bridge eyed for Ladner Harbour

Should the city construct a pedestrian bridge to Ladner Harbour Park?

That’s what the Ladner Village Renewal Advisory Committee wants to investigate, having recommended that Delta consider opportunities to build a bridge to the park at Mcneely’s Way as a potential long-term solution to alleviating parking constraints in Ladner Village as well as connecting the park’s amenity spaces as an extension of the village.

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The committee at a recent meeting received information from staff showing examples of several different pedestrian bridges, ranging in cost from $2.5 million to approximately $7.7 million.

The committee as told a crossing in Ladner would be longer than one at Salem, Oregon that had a construction cost of approximately CND $7.7 million. Further study would be required to obtain a cost estimate for a Ladner crossing.

During the committee’s discussion on the idea, it was suggested the city explore potential partnerships and funding opportunities with other levels of government, and that the city consider opportunities to require amenity contributions to fund a bridge.

Formed last year, the committee’s mandate includes providing council with advice on the best utilization of Delta-owned buildings in Ladner Village, possible streetscape and waterfront design concepts, branding and marketing, as well as strategic incentives to attract development for the area.

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