The Coast Meridian Overpass over CP Rail’s Port Coquitlam Yard was built to provide continuity between the primarily residential areas in the north to the industrial and commercial areas to the south. The overpass spans 750 m and it provides four traffic lanes, two bike lanes and a sidewalk.

Scope of Services

CJI acted as the Project Director for the City of Port Coquitlam.

Our services included:

  • Concluded a favourable settlement with CP Rail permitting the City to construct and operate an overpass of the Rail Yard;

  • Carried out an assessment of different delivery models suitable for the inherent constraints and risks;

  • Prepared a project team organization to act on behalf of and to advise the City during the development, procurement, and delivery;

  • Developed terms of reference and retained the City’s project team;

  • Managed the procurement of the design-build contract;

  • Developed and implemented strategies to manage capital cost and contingency costing;

  • Chaired the project Steering committee meetings with representation from TransLink and the City of Port Coquitlam;

  • Regularly participated at City Council and committee meetings;

  • Provided monthly reports on construction, including schedule analysis, contractor claims, and general contract administration.

Key Wins

  • Developed clear but flexible requirements in the Design-Build procurement process that enabled an innovative use of a cable-stayed push-launch method across one of CP Rail’s largest and busiest rail yards.

  • Bridge was constructed over the heavily active CP Coquitlam Yard without impact to rail operations.

  • Delivered the project over the entirety of its lifecycle, including definition, procurement, design and construction phases.


City of Port Coquitlam


Metro Vancouver


$132 million


2006 – 2010


David Collings, Robin Johnston, Tania Stracuzza, John Collings