The Corporation of Delta says an overpass is much needed over Highway 17 near the Tsawwassen Mills Mall due to safety concerns.
Drone footage appears to show a pedestrian cutting traffic diagonally through moving traffic in the intersection at Highway 17 and 52nd St.
While there’s a marked crossing a short distance away, George Harvie with the Corporation says there’s a lot of concern.
“Individuals are doing that because of the length of the signals and the distance to walk across there, they’re stuck on islands and those islands are very small. You have traffic going at least 80 kilometers an hour right by there.”
Harvie says a new bridge would cost around $5 million.
New mall means increased pedestrian traffic
An assessment by the Ministry of Transportation found an overpass was unnecessary in the past.
Harvie says with Tsawwassen Mills Mall open, an overpass must be built.
“Even with before the mall was developed, it was a very dangerous intersection with regards to the width of the highway, its 80 kilometers with traffic going to and from the ferry. And now with the mall opening, it’s absolutely a risk to use that intersection as a pedestrian… You have to recognize, this is the only phase of the mall, they will have the second phase of the mall opening up in another few months. Over and above that they have the residential development that is going on.”
A statement to CKNW from the Ministry of Transportation says it’s open to the idea of building a pedestrian overpass, but it would be a project that would be a cost-shared agreement between the B.C. government and the municipality.