If a new bridge is built to replace the Pattullo Bridge, the City of New Westminster wants it to still have four lanes.
The city also says it should be tolled.
In an announcement today (March 5), the city argued such a replacement bridge would "lower demand for car travel over the bridge, and in effect, promote the use of alternative transportation modes". New West has complained of increased traffic as a result of tolls on the new Port Mann Bridge.
“The Pattullo Bridge connection is a crucial part of the local transportation network but its rehabilitation or replacement must be done in a way that is consistent with City and regional policy objectives,” Mayor Wayne Wright said in a news release. “In particular, we need to make it clear that any solution offered does not bring more traffic into our City’s street network, which is already at capacity.”
New West would also be okay with a new four-lane bridge linking Surrey and Coquitlam along with a two- or three-lane rehabilitation of the Pattullo Bridge.
However, Surrey politicians favour a new six-lane Pattullo Bridge.