Options to replace the Pattullo Bridge include the existing crossing alignment marked in orange

Options to replace the Pattullo Bridge include the existing crossing alignment marked in orange

New six-lane Pattullo Bridge backed, except in New West

Surrey-Coquitlam crossing one of six replacement options under consideration

A new six-lane Pattullo Bridge where the old one now crosses the Fraser River is the public’s top choice out of the main bridge replacement options TransLink has put on the table.

But while that choice won out among Surrey and broader Metro Vancouver participants in consultations held in June, it was soundly opposed in New Westminster.

Instead, reflecting vocal resistance to heavy traffic rolling through their city, the top choice of New Westminster residents was a new four-lane bridge linking Surrey and Coquitlam, while rehabilitating the Pattullo for two- or three-lane use.

The consultation report by a joint review team consisting of TransLink and the cities of New Westminster and Surrey was released Monday.

Fifty eight per cent of North Surrey participants supported the six-lane replacement compared to just 36 per cent in New Westminster.

Conversely, 59 per cent in New West backed the $1.5-billion Surrey-Coquitlam option with Pattullo rehab, compared to 43 per cent in North Surrey.

Plenty in New Westminster (59 per cent)  actually supported just a Surrey-Coquitlam link without replacing the Pattullo – cutting their city’s historic crossing of the river altogether.

But not rebuilding something where the Pattullo now stands isn’t an option, according to the review team, which says the bypass concept wouldn’t provide the strong road connection needed between Surrey and New Westminster called for in Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy.

Advocates of the idea said it could increase capacity while directing traffic away from New Westminster streets and allow for better separation of trucks and cars.

Only six of 25 alternatives originally studied are being advanced for more evaluation.

They include the six-, five- and four-lane replacements of the Pattullo at its current location; rehabilitating the old bridge for either four- or three-lane use; and the Surrey-Coquitlam four-lane bridge with two- or three-lane rehabbed Pattullo.

The five- and four-lane replacements as well as the rehab-only options got less public support.

The consultations consisted of workshops, open houses and polls that got 4,000 responses in one form or another.

The review team will consider the feedback, along with financial and technical information. A refined list of alternatives and further findings will be released later this year.

There’s broad agreement something must be done about the 76-year-old bridge, which TransLink warns could topple from a moderate earthquake, river erosion or a ship collision.

TransLink has assumed a new $1-billion crossing could be paid for with tolls.

But opposition to tolling a new Pattullo, as well as demands to make existing bridge tolls equitable across the region, came through loud and clear in the consultations.

“Some participants said that a regional toll or road pricing would be more equitable than tolling only bridges connected to Surrey,” the report said.

Other messages from the public included demands that trucks be banned from the Pattullo, at least at certain times of day, and that something be done about rat-running by commuters through residential neighbourhoods.

– with files from Grant Granger / New Westminster News Leader

 

Just Posted

William Henry Rawlison was last seen on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Contributed photo)
Police looking for missing White Rock senior

William Rawlison, last seen on June 20, may be driving to Kamloops

Natalie Brown and Colten Wilke star in the feature film Thunderbird, co-produced by South Surrey-raised Michael Morrison and released this month in Canada, the U.S and the U.K. (Contributed photo)
South Surrey-raised producer helps bring ‘Thunderbird’ to the screen

Michael Morrison guides B.C.-shot thriller with First Nations connection

File photo
Surrey Board of Trade vows ‘a lot of noise’ will be made about tax increases

Huberman calls for comprehensive tax review at all levels of government

2019 Red Serge Gala guests try their luck at roulette. (Simon Lau photo)
High hopes for in-person Red Serge Gala on Semiahmoo Peninsula

28th fundraiser for community safety programs set for Oct. 23 return

TEASER PHOTO ONLY - Hillcrest Drive-In's sign at the end its run in Surrey, in a photo uploaded to cinematreasures.org by hermangotlieb.
SURREY NOW & THEN: The city’s last drive-in, Hillcrest showed movies for 50 years on site turned shopping mall

‘It was a good memory, being the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland, at the time,’ says former operator Jay Daulat

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Most Read