Russ Baker Way is a north/south thoroughfare connecting the No. 2 Road Bridge and Dinsmore Bridge in Richmond to the airport and beyond to Vancouver via the Arthur Laing Bridge.
Owned and operated by Vancouver Airport Authority, the road was named after Russell Francis Baker, an infamous Canadian aviator and businessman who once ran Canadian Pacific Airlines.
Over the course of the summer, crews worked dilligently to repave this oft-travelled stretch of road between Miller Road and Inglis Drive. As with any roadwork that involves changing traffic patterns, there were some challenges along the way, but with the hard work of those running the project - the Airport Authority, contractor Columbia Bitulithic and coordination with the City of Richmond - and a large dose of patience from drivers and especially Burkeville residents, the project is now complete. You can read all about the project wrap here.
This was a big job. How big? Crew members from Columbia Bitulithic spent a cumulative 4,000-plus hours laying 29, 921 square metres of asphalt on the road. That's enough asphalt to cover three and a half Canadian Football League playing fields.
While they were at it, crews also created a brand new Russ Baker Way Pathway for cyclists and pedestrians, nicely paved and separated from vehicle traffic. This is going to be a great community amenity for years to come.
Thanks to drivers and cyclists for your patience, and to construction crews for your great work. We hope everyone enjoys the newly paved road, and please drive safely.