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The Low Level Road Project in the City of North Vancouver is a key component of the North Shore Trade Area initiative, which is part of a broader investment by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Port Metro Vancouver, TransLink, the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the private sector. This project will increase the international competitiveness of the North Shore Trade Area by improving the efficiency of port operations while addressing long-standing community needs.

The Low Level Road Project involves the realignment and elevation of approximately 2.6 kilometres of the existing Low Level Road, between St. Georges Avenue and 3rd Street East to accommodate two new rail tracks that are essential to port terminal expansion. The project includes replacing the existing at-grade road-rail crossing that provides access to the Neptune and Cargill terminals with a grade separation as well as reconfiguring three intersections. The project also improves safety with better lanes for cyclists.

In addition, the project involves the completion of the Spirit Trail pedestrian walkway from St. Georges Avenue to Kennard Avenue, including structures over two creeks in Moodyville Park and an overpass at 3rd Street East near Heywood Street. The Spirit Trail walkway accelerates the City of North Vancouver’s vision for a multi-use greenway.

The westbound lane of the new Low Level Road opened in August 2014, marking a major milestone towards project completion. With the opening of the eastbound lane in October 2014, motorists can now travel in both directions along the new alignment. Now fully complete, the new roadway offers wider bike lanes, green walls, public art, and improved safety by separating rail and road users.

Facts and statistics for the Low Level Road Project

  • The new road is 2.6 kilometres long with retaining walls that average 8 metres high.
  • One new major overpass at the Neptune/Cargill terminal entrance separates traffic and pedestrians from rail lines.
  • Three new pedestrian bridges have been built along the Spirit Trail alignment, as well as a bow string arch steel structure at 3rd Street East and two timber structures within Moodyville Park.

Project benefits

  • Reduced congestion on the local road network.
  • Reduced noise pollution, such as train whistles at road/rail crossings and rail shunting.
  • Increased safety and benefits to quality of life for the area by addressing long standing safety, recreation and noise challenges associated with port operations along the previous Low Level Road, to the benefit of community members, cyclists and port users.
  • Expanded terminal facilities that will increase provincial and municipal tax revenues.
  • Enhanced access for emergency service providers (police, fire, ambulance).
  • Enhanced rail and port operations, including additional cargo capacity by increasing mainline rail and rail yard capacity.
  • Enhanced support for Canadian forestry, mining and agriculture sectors who export through North Shore terminals.
  • Improved access to terminal facilities for commercial traffic.
  • Increased rail and road capacity, enabling longer train lengths.
  • Improved road connections to industries bordering the rail tracks.


Government of Canada

$49.4 million

Port Metro Vancouver

$31.6 million


$5 million

Canadian National Railway

$10 million

Canadian Pacific Railway

$4.8 million

City of North Vancouver


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