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The new Centennial Road overpass on the Burrard Inlet port waterfront in East Vancouver recently opened to container and port traffic, marking a major milestone for the Centerm terminal expansion.

This 600-metre-long, two-lane viaduct roadway creates a direct, seamless link from Vanterm terminal north of Grandview-Woodland to Centerm terminal, just east of downtown Vancouver. It runs parallel to the City of Vancouver’s 2014-built Powell Street overpass just south of the railway.

Additionally, the existing two-lane Waterfront Road will receive a 600-metre eastward extension from its current end near Dunlevy Avenue to the westernmost end of the viaduct.

The new viaduct and Waterfront Road extension create a continuous port road from Highway 1 to Canada Place. However, to prevent this new waterfront route from unintentionally becoming a commuter route for the general public, this extended roadway will be traffic controlled — limited to the use of container trucks and port vehicles by an access control gate at the Main Street overpass. The Centennial Road overpass, running immediately south of the historic Rogers Sugar refinery, was constructed to bypass railway tracks, reducing both rail and road congestion.

There are currently numerous projects being completed and started in vancouver, and all lower mainland cities to ensure that growing development can be fully utilized. Now is a great time to invest in our region!












If you're traveling to the Maldives next year, be prepared to add one more expense to your budget. On Sunday, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratified a new amendment to the country's Airport Taxes and Fees Act, which introduced a departure tax for any traveler leaving the Maldives beginning on Jan. 1, 2022.

The departure tax is not only for tourists, but for locals as well, and is applicable for any airport in the country. Currently, there is an Airport Service Charge (ASC) in the Maldives, which will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2021, when it will be replaced by this new fee schedule, according to a statement given by the President's Office.The departure fee is applicable to each passenger leaving the country and will be made in U.S. dollars.

Residents of the Maldives will only need to pay $12 USD, as long as they are traveling in economy class. Meanwhile, non-residents must pay $30 USD for economy class.For business class, the fee goes up to $60, for both Maldivian locals and tourists. First-class fees go up to $90 for all passengers, regardless of residency. The fee is $120 USD for those flying on private charter jets. Airlines will be responsible for collecting these fees.

The new tax will be waived for passengers with diplomatic immunity and children under the age of two, according to the statement from the President's Office.In addition, passengers flying out of Velana International Airport (MLE), the country's main hub, will need to pay a $25 Airport Development Fee in addition to the new departure tax.

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