New West residents reject TransLink plan for Pattullo Bridge, survey shows
Most respondents to a City of New Westminster survey do not favour TransLink’s proposal to demolish the aging Pattullo Bridge and build a larger, six-lane replacement.
The City of New Westminster launched its own public consultation on the future of the bridge earlier this year amid concerns TransLink was not considering enough options. Many residents have also expressed worry about the potential for increased vehicle traffic through the city with a new bridge.
As part of the consultation, the city held two open houses in May and received 210 responses to a community questionnaire.
According to a city staff report, more than 80 percent of the survey respondents think the city should not support TransLink’s proposal while 11 percent disagree. Six percent had no response.
The survey also shows respondents are divided on which city-proposed option for the bridge to support. The most support, at around 25 percent, came for demolishing and not replacing the bridge.
Meanwhile, there was between roughly 15 to 19 percent support for each of the other options: rehabilitating the old bridge, building only a four-lane replacement, or demolishing the old bridge and building a new crossing at other proposed locations.
Most respondents also expressed support for adding tolls on the Pattullo Bridge to discourage drivers seeking to avoid paying to cross the Port Mann Bridge.
Built in 1937, the Pattullo Bridge is a four-lane crossing over the Fraser River that links Surrey and New Westminster. It is owned and operated by TransLink.
New Westminster city council is set to consider the survey results at a meeting on June 18.