Fraser River Bridge may spur more work

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MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Through its public consultations, TransLink has determined there’s need for more than just a bridge spanning the Fraser River.

While the public is behind a plan to construct a toll bridge across the river, there’s the possibility the project will include much more than the bridge itself. Data collected by TransLink indicates the economic benefits of the bridge would increase if it was coupled with other projects, such as a south Fraser perimeter road linking Hwy. 99, improvements to the Pitt River Bridge’s off-peak capacity and a counterflow land on the Port Mann Bridge. Improvements to the Lougheed Hwy. may also be considered.

TransLink’s vision for the bridge would have four lanes, with the potential to expand to six. About 30 minutes could be saved on many trips, with capacity of 3,700 to 5,000 vehicles per hour compared to the 100 per hour limit on the Albion Ferry.

It is expected a public-private partnership will be formed to determine ownership of the bridge, but it will primarily be funded by tolls.

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