Outstanding Steel Structure Award
2009 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Outstanding Steel Structure Award for the Central Valley Greenway Pedestrian Overpass at Winston Street and the Burlington Northern Railway Crossing
With increasing recognition of the benefits of urban trails and dedicated cycle routes for health and fitness, local economic development, active transportation and the environment, the momentum for trail building is growing. The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) trail follows a 25-kilometre-long corridor that links the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster through Burnaby’s Central Valley area. It extends 11.8 kilometres from Boundary Road to North Road on streets and rights of way paralleling the north side of Still Creek, Burnaby Lake and the Brunette River. The trail is a regionally significant east-west commuter and recreational corridor for both pedestrians and cyclists.
A functioning route for the CVG, with finished and interim sections, opened to the public on June 26, 2009. One of the most important components of the CVG is the pedestrian bridge on Winston Street at Sperling Avenue near the Sperling SkyTrain station. This bridge was completed in 2009 and provides a safe grade-separated crossing of Winston Street and the Burlington Northern rail racks for pedestrian and cycle traffic.
This accessible structure also provides an important link between the Burnaby Lake sports complex and the SkyTrain station at Sperling. The unique bridge design and lighting scheme won the 2009 Outstanding Steel Structure award from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. Completion of this important CVG link brought the City one step closer to the goal of creating a comprehensive network of cycleroutes for a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly community.