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New West reconsiders United Blvd extension

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS1130) – After years of opposition, New Westminster is putting the idea of a United Boulevard extension back on the table.

This comes as the old Bailey Bridge, linking Coquitlam and New Westminster, closed last week after engineers found structural problems.

New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright says they’re working to fix the span right now and it should be re-opened in a couple of weeks.

“What’s happened is a Bailey Bridge by itself is not something that lasts forever; that one there had between 20 and 25 years of time on it and we’d gone through about the 17th year and you have inspections all the time… There are some cracks in the foundation and the steel of it itself so we’re fixing those.”

Wright tells us he’s ready to sit down and look at other options for the area. “Now it’s a fast-forward and everyone who has been coming and looking at it… if we’re going to make a change there, let’s get the change that’s going to work for a long time.”

He wants more details as to who actually uses the crossing so that moving forward, the best decision can be made.

Wright also wants to wait and see how all the changes to the Port Mann work out and then assess if there are any other trucking routes that have changed.

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Phil Parsons

New Westminster should levy a toll on this bridge to fund the New West Bubble Project. The Bubble Project would ensure that all of New Westminster is shielded from reality.

February 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm
The New West Toll Bridge!

There you go, now it will pay for the whole expansion! New West residents would love for there to be a route that gets all the traffic out of their nieghborhoods and all it would take is a ring road on the riverfront. I say be one of the forward looking cities and toll that sucker! I don’t need to use it, so it has my vote… Oh wait, I live in New West, but this is far enough from me that it doesn’t matter one way or the other if it’s open, closed, or rerouted…

February 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm