Trans Mountain and the Township of Langley have entered into a Community Benefit Agreement that will see a $1.4-million contribution from Trans Mountain towards community amenity projects in the Township of Langley.

“Trans Mountain is proud to contribute to community amenity projects that will improve the lives of the Township of Langley residents and visitors. We are committed to providing direct benefits to the communities we impact during construction by contributing towards projects with lasting benefits for communities and their residents,” says Siobhan Vinish, Vice President, Public Affairs, Trans Mountain Corporation.

These local investments are in addition to the $52 million in annual property tax payments to pipeline communities, landowner compensation and economic development opportunities created by the construction and operation of the pipeline.

One of the community projects currently identified to receive funding assistance is a proposed pedestrian and cycling overpass located on the waterfront in the historic community of Fort Langley, immediately south of the Fraser River and east of Glover Road. The overpass will extend to the Fort-to-Fort Trail at Marina Park, across the CN Railway and River Road to the Parks Canada National Historic Site, creating a safe, convenient and accessible crossing. The overpass will provide a lasting benefit to both residents and visitors through: reconnecting the Fort to the water and providing connection through creation of a loop trail, creating safe and direct access to the waterfront, which will allow the Kwantlen First Nation to extend its interpretative programs to provide a more complete and historically accurate experience, and improve visitor access to the Langley Centennial museum.

The Township of Langley is part of Trans Mountain's Lower Mainland construction area that spans 35 km from 232 Street, Langley to the Burnaby Terminal. In Langley, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project involves construction of approximately 19.7 km of new pipeline, a horizontal directional drill for the Salmon River crossing and direct pipe crossing of the Hope Redwoods area. Trans Mountain began construction at Burnaby Terminal and Westridge Marine Terminal in August 2019.

Trans Mountain values the relationships it has built with communities along the pipeline corridor that span our more than 65-year history. We have signed Community Benefit Agreements along 95 per cent of the pipeline route, which help fund initiatives from education and training opportunities, to investing in infrastructure and park and trail improvement projects. The funds help to compensate for public inconvenience and temporary disruption caused during construction.

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