Delta is advocating for the construction of an overpass at Highway 17 and 52 Street to provide safe crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, and people using other modes of transportation. Since 2012, Mayor Lois E. Jackson has written to the Province of British Columbia on multiple occasions regarding this issue.
In April 2016, a delegation led by Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta's Chief Administrative Officer, George V. Harvie, met with The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, regarding the proposed pedestrian and cycling overpass at Highway 17 and 52 Street. After commissioning a report on the issue, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure determined that the construction of the new pedestrian and cyclist overpass could not be justified. Mayor Jackson, Delta Council and staff strongly disagree with the results of the Provincial study.
Despite the Ministry determining that there is no significant benefit to an overpass, Delta continues to believe that an overpass is critical for the safety of pedestrians and drivers alike.
In addition to Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons, there are 100 acres of industrial land in Phase 1 and 200 acres of industrial land in Phase 2; all within the Tsawwassen First Nations Land. Therefore, pedestrian safety and accessibility of the intersection are of increasing importance. Delta has recommended that the Province commit to conducting ongoing traffic operation and safety reviews at this location and report back with the findings.
Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council will continue to advocate for a multi-use overpass at this site.