The City of Burnaby retained Binnie to design and oversee the construction of a new 550 m section of the Gilmore Urban Trail, between Dominion Street and Still Creek Drive. This new section connects the existing Gilmore Urban Trail to the Central Valley Greenway, completing a key link in the Burnaby urban trail and cyclist networks.
The new multi-use pathway creates a safe and pleasant route for cyclists and pedestrians along Gilmore Diversion. New streetlighting and street trees were installed along the route and new cyclist friendly infrastructure placed at major crossings. The project also features a new landscaped seating area at Dominion Street for trail users and local residents to enjoy, including the nearby retirement community.
Binnie coordinated closely with the geotechnical consultants (Kontur) and electrical consultants (DMD & Associates) for the design and construction of a light-weight embankment slope, off the Highway 1 overpass. This required fitting light-weight EPS blocks into a limited space, together with communications infrastructure, streetlighting, trench drains and the new pathway.
Coordination was also required with the structural engineering team (SNC Lavalin), the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the City of Burnaby’s traffic division to facilitate overpass works. This work included expanding the existing sidewalk, resurfacing the bridge deck, installing a parapet wall, and upgrading the existing bridge railing for cyclist safety.
Other project highlights include:
Repurposing a slip lane at the Gilmore Diversion and Gilmore Avenue intersection to improve pump station access for city crews, reduce vehicle conflicts with pedestrians and cyclists, and provide safe driveway access for the adjacent business.
Upgrading Manor Street, between Gilmore Diversion and Gilmore Avenue, with a new multi-use pathway, sidewalk, streetlighting, stormwater utilities, and on-street parking.