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The New Pattullo Bridge Project webinar

Last Thursday’s webinar about the New Pattullo Bridge Project can now be viewed, here, the Buzzer blog YouTube Channel, TransLink’s channel or via this third-party website. I advise using the third-party site (but not using Chrome)  since it will allow you to follow along with  Sany Zein, Director of Road at TransLink, during the presentation.

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the live webinar, please also take the time to watch and check out all the additional material found on the TransLink website. We had some great questions asked during and before the webinar. The questions ranged in topic from tolling of the existing and future bridge to what effects the new bridge would have on existing parkland if any. There’ll be other opportunities for your input on the new bridge when we ask for more feedback in the spring, so there’s plenty of opportunities to provide feedback in the not-too-distant future!


3 Comments

  • By P. Evans, May 8, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Really Mcbride, Columbia and Royal are major transportation roads. These roads were not originally intended for to be major transportation they were create to move locals through their community and to move farming goods, south of the Fraser, into New Westminster.

    The truth Pattullo Bridge is intended to move trucks through New Westminster at a cheaper rate than connecting the South Perimeter Road from Port Mann to the existing Pattullo Bridge.
    At the end of the day the six lane bridge means more traffic in New Westminster not less. Unlike other bridges throughout the lower mainland the Pattullo Bridge flows traffic through the middle of a growing residential community. This flow of traffic impacts personal residences, institutions such as schools, day cares, community centre, and public facilities such as hospitals and fire stations.
    So the argument of removing the Pattullo Bridge is that if the bridge is removed that it will negatively affects other communities, such as Burnaby Surrey and Coquitlam. What do you think the existing bridge and proposed bridge does to New Westminster. Obviously with the replacement Pattullo Bridge, being built to accommodate truck traffic to the Delta Ports, this means increased/ sustained traffic through New Westminster which negatively impacts New Westminster in all the ways mentioned in the Webinar (pollution, traffic jams, noise pollution, site pollution, safety and quality of life).
    As it stands residence in New Westminster are already inundated with outside traffic commuting through New Westminster and I believe we as citizens are not prepared to increase commuter traffic.
    I love this argument of seismic standards. My child goes to Mcbride elementary school, which is older than the Pattullo Bridge yet there seems to be no need to replace the school or even upgrade the school for safety reasons (what a load of hogwash)

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, May 18, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Hi P. Evans: I’ve talked with the team who’ve come up with the options for the Pattullo and received this response to your question:

    The Pattullo Bridge primarily serves trips for the families and businesses of New Westminster, Burnaby and Surrey. Approximately 70 percent of traffic along the Pattullo Bridge has an origin or destination in the New Westminster / Burnaby area. New Westminster and Surrey project their population and employment will grow between 70% to 100% over the next 30 years. This growth will translate into increases in cycling, walking, transit use, vehicle traffic and goods movement. The new bridge will help accommodate this significant growth, will improve public safety by meeting modern design guidelines, improve the mobility of pedestrians and cyclists by providing modern facilities for these modes, improve travel reliability by reducing delays caused by weaving movements and traffic conflicts, improve the resiliency of the bridge to seismic events and river scour, and improve the movement of goods by providing better connections to major roads, thereby reducing truck traffic on local roads.

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