Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, has issued the following statement in response to the awarding of an environmental assessment certificate for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project:
“Today we are taking a major step forward in helping people get to work and back home to their families reliably and safely, without having to pay tolls.
“As one of the oldest bridges in Metro Vancouver, the Pattullo is an essential link for the 68,000 motorists who use it daily, but it has needed to be replaced for years. The new bridge is on track to open by 2023 and will be built to modern safety and seismic standards.
“The new bridge will make it easier and safer for people to cross the Fraser River whether driving, cycling or walking. It will play a key role in supporting our economy and provincial trade network, which helps deliver goods to markets all over this province and beyond.
“Our government is excited to build with the Community Benefits Agreement. With community benefits, we are putting local workers first in line for good jobs, so they can work close to home. We are also increasing the participation of women, Indigenous peoples and apprentices to address the skilled trades shortage and help train the next generation.
“The environmental assessment certificate is a significant step for the project and will set out the conditions of how the new bridge will be designed and built. As we move ahead to the next stage, it is important to continue meaningful consultation and engagement with Indigenous groups and local communities. This is a vital investment from our government that will provide relief and make life better for so many British Columbians.”
Project information: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/pattullobridge/
Information about Community Benefits Agreement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/community-benefits-agreement
For job and apprenticeship opportunities, visit: https://www.bcib.ca/contact-us/