Since 2012, Delta has been advocating for the construction of an overpass at Highway 17 and 52 Street to provide safe crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, and people using other modes of transportation. Delta has written to the Province of British Columbia on multiple occasions regarding this issue. In response, the Province commissioned a report on the issue, in which the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure determined that the construction of the new pedestrian and cyclist overpass could not be justified. Delta Council and staff strongly disagree with the results of the Provincial study.
Despite the Ministry determining that there is no significant benefit to an overpass, Delta continues to believe that an overpass is critical for the safety of pedestrians and drivers alike.
In addition to Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons, there are 100 acres of industrial land in Phase 1 and 200 acres of industrial land in Phase 2; all within the Tsawwassen First Nations Land. Therefore, pedestrian safety and accessibility of the intersection are of increasing importance. Delta has recommended that the Province commit to conducting ongoing traffic operation and safety reviews at this location and report back with the findings.
Delta Council will continue to advocate for a multi-use overpass at this site.