Originally Posted by dharper
Does anyone know why when they originally built Highway #1, they went south of Burnaby Lake, and not North? It seems to me they could have gone straight on the north side, but they took the long way around on the south side(Just look at an satellite view). I have been wondering about this since I was a kid, and of course, Dad didn't know.
I'm going to contribute to a thought but I really don't know and have no concrete evidence to back this up...
But anyway... looking at the Interurban map
Notice that the old interurban follows along the South side of Burnaby lake, as opposed the CN rail route that uses the north side today. And given that the development of the Interurban came before Highway 1, I think the highway took the south route to take advantage of the ROW that was already cleared.