A popular Port Moody park will be out of commission for the next few months to accommodate upgrades for the potential big one. This week, work started on seismic upgrades to the Moody Street Overpass, which means the Rotary Bike Trails Park will be closed once the project is complete at the end of 2013.
According to a city press release, the jumps and hill in the park have been removed, but will be put back when the project is done.
The city said the closure also presents an opportunity to re-position the park and provide a new layout. As for the seismic upgrades, the intent is to increase the structural integrity of the bridge columns.
The city noted pedestrian access would be maintained throughout the project, while the widening of the sidewalk on the overpass is expected to start in October.
The expanded sidewalk is expected to facilitate both pedestrian and cyclists on a joint use pathway. A roadside barrier will be installed to separate the sidewalk from the road.
The project also includes significant redevelopment to the embankment on the northeast side of the bridge. The design continues the extension of the widened pathway, to switch back towards the park and return to Murray Street. New stairs are included to provide more direct pedestrian access to the park and parking lot.
The city said during the work on the pathway and embankment, the existing ramp and stairs cannot be maintained.
The plan instead will be to utilize the singlelane roadway from the bridge that travels past Pajo's for pedestrians. The roadway would be closed to vehicle traffic until the new pathway is open.
The city noted the schedule is still being developed with the contractor to minimize timing and impacts to traffic flow and pedestrian routes.
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