Initial planning work has been completed leading to a concept for improvements to the Lougheed Highway/Harris Road intersection, which will benefit people in Pitt Meadows.
“I am pleased our government is taking steps to address the challenges at Harris Road and Lougheed so motorists can get home safely,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, on behalf of Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These improvements will also improve congestion so people can get home quicker to spend time with their families.”
Initial planning and preliminary engineering work has been done in collaboration with the City of Pitt Meadows. This has resulted in an option for improvements to make the intersection safer for all users and to make the nearby business and residential areas more accessible.
The ministry is also collaborating with the Katzie First Nation on plans for improvements to the Highway 7/Harris Road intersection and will continue to engage with the Katzie First Nation as the work progresses.
The next step in the process is to seek public input on the preliminary concept, so that future work on potential upgrades reflects the needs of area residents. The ministry will be seeking public input on the concept this fall.
The ministry has also had discussions with the city about longer-term improvements to the intersection to support future growth and development in the area. The public consultation will seek input on what people in Pitt Meadows and area envision as a long-term improvement at this major intersection. This feedback will help ensure that any preliminary upgrades are compatible with the long-term improvements envisioned for this area.
The ministry is finalizing its engagement plan and the public will be notified when online engagement begins this fall. This public engagement will inform the project design and business case required to advance the project for government approval.