RAV design and construction method changes
October 20, 2005
October 20, 2005
Mr. Steve Crombie
Vice-President, Public Affairs
950-1075 Georgia Street West
Vancouver, BC V6E 3C9
Dear Mr. Crombie:
Re: RAV design and construction method changes
We greatly appreciated the presentation to our Urban Infrastructure Task Force outlining the changes that InTransitBC is proposing to the design and construction method for parts of the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver rapid transit line. Based on that presentation and the documentation that you have provided, we believe that the changes will be quite positive.
In particular, we believe that shifting the cut-and-cover excavation between King Edward and 13th Avenue from the side of Cambie to the centre of the roadway will ease the burden on the businesses on the east side of the street. The improved access to side streets and delivery areas as well as maintaining bus service on both sides of Cambie are welcome changes.
The shift to have all of the tunnel constructed by the cast in place method with the resulting greater certainty of scheduling, reduced equipment bulk on the street and less impact on east-west traffic is also appreciated.
In addition, we understand that the changes to the design and location of the tunnel portal on Cambie near Marine Drive will improve the appearance of the line at that point; will be more in keeping with the heritage and landscape values there; will be more supportive of bicycles and pedestrians; will improve safety and functioning of the intersection and will reduce construction time for the portal and station. Certainly these improvements are desirable.
Overall, we are impressed with the proposed changes and support them.
Daniel F. Muzyka
Chairman and Chief Elected Officer
Ms. Jodi Shimkus
Project Assessment Director
BC Environmental Assessment Office
PO Box 9428 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V1