What will the future Brunette Interchange on Highway 1 look like? That’s what the B.C. government is starting work on now – as part of the conceptual design phase of the Brunette Interchange Project on the Highway 1 corridor.
The B.C. government will be engaging with New Westminster, Coquitlam, and other local governments over the next few months to develop conceptual design options for a new Brunette interchange at Highway 1.
“Improving the Brunette overpass is critical for moving people and goods in this area and for emergency vehicles trying to get to and from Royal Columbian Hospital,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “Right now, this interchange is often a bottleneck on the Highway 1 corridor through Metro Vancouver, especially at peak times. We are ready to get working on a revamp to break the bottleneck and get traffic moving again, and will continue to work closely with New Westminster and Coquitlam on plans moving forward.”
In May 2015, New Westminster and the B.C. government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflecting a mutual commitment to provide for the efficient and effective movement of people and goods, particularly in support of an expanded Royal Columbian Hospital. The MOU commits to working together to improve regional transportation to and from the hospital, and through the city of New Westminster.
“Our government’s MOU with the City of New Westminster is a road map to ensuring that Royal Columbian Hospital is accessible to local residents,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “As we move forward with the major redevelopment of RCH, improvements to the Brunette overpass will ensure the hospital serves the region well in years to come.”
The Province considers a new interchange at Brunette and Highway 1 a priority improvement. The options will include consideration of the adjacent local road network to ensure that traffic mobility and safety is improved and congestion is reduced at this key location. The options, including a recommendation, will be made available for public feedback in April 2016.
As a part of BC on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan, the B.C. government will invest approximately $1 billion over the next three years to ensure B.C.’s network has the capacity and reliability to meet transport and trade needs, with maximum safety and minimal delays.
B.C. on the Move is available online at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/