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New Keith overpass on Highway 1 in North Van opens

Highway closures coming to demolish old overpass
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The new Keith Road overpass across Highway 1 in North Vancouver, pictured here while under construction in Sept. 2020, is scheduled to open to the public on Feb. 19.

Another piece of the $200-million Lower Lynn improvement project is clicking into place today (Feb. 19).

Starting this afternoon, the new Keith Road overpass, which connects Keith to Mount Seymour Parkway/Lillooet Road over Highway 1, will take two lanes of traffic off the old Fern Street overpass.

When the new overpass is fully opened later in the spring, it will have five lanes of traffic, and a four-metre wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Once completed, it will provide an improved municipal connection with increased safety and reduced traffic interruption for North Shore residents between Keith Road and Mount Seymour Parkway,” a statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure read.

Demolition of the old Fern Street crossing, meanwhile, is set to begin next week. The ministry’s contractors will be closing the highway between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Monday, Feb. 22 to Friday, Feb. 26 to bring down the old span. Eastbound Highway 1 traffic will be detoured via the new Mountain Highway off-ramp, Brooksbank Avenue and Main Street to access the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. Westbound traffic will have to get off at the Mount Seymour Parkway exit (22B) before turning left at Lillooet Road and merging back onto the highway.