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LETTERS: They take bridge debate too far
Regarding the Pattullo Bridge…
All this controversy about Surrey wants this and New Westminster wants that, and to toll or not to toll.
I have a simple solution to the problem:
Remove the bridge completely.
We have enough bridges to facilitate the extra traffic, never mind the extra cost involved.
John Reid, White Rock
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Thoughts about the Pattullo Bridge flap…
Sadly we are dealing with the two most retrograde cities in recent memory when it comes to traffic.
First of all, we have years of Vancouver city councils who believe that if they can create even more bottlenecks and congestion, the traffic will somehow disappear. Think about it. Vancouver has no through roads except for Highway 1, which cuts across the northeast corner. Every other road ends in a dead end or a side street, except perhaps Kingsway, which connects to Georgia Street by a viaduct, which they are itching to tear down.
Close behind are the Neanderthal-thinking councils of New Westminster who have done their best to inconvenience those heathen commuters that dare to trespass the Royal City. Highway 99 used to follow Kingsway and 12 Street to Columbia and the Pattullo, but years ago traffic was diverted along 10 Avenue to McBride as a grudging concession. Connections for traffic between Hwy 1 and Marine became a cruel joke.
Today, with their insistence of a tolled, four-lane replacement, New Westminster is again guaranteeing years of bottlenecks and congestion.
Well, let’s get real. Since this is part of our highways system – are you listening, Minister Todd Stone? – it should be the B.C. Provincial Highways Department that builds a new bridge and connecting roadways.
At a minimum, it should be a six-lane and, if we think for the future – a novel idea – an eight-lane one.
Build it between the Tannery Road/8 Street alignments. Build a proper access road system along the Brunette, Columbia, Front and Stewardson route, elevated if necessary.
Build connector roads along 12 and 8 Streets to access Kingsway and Canada Way.
From Surrey, it would be a short diversion from the King George along Scott to Tannery and the Highway 17 interchange or, perhaps a Fraser Highway, Old Yale, 104 Avenue connection.
When this is completed, give the Pattullo to New Westminster to do with as they like.
They can fix it, maintain it, plant flowers on it or tear it down…We don’t care!
Gordon E. Swanson, Surrey