As we wait for a result in the transit and transportation funding plebiscite the mayor of New Westminster says a ‘No’ vote win could put some kinks into the Pattullo Bridge replacement plan.
Jonathan Cote says no matter how you cut it building a new crossing to replace the Pattullo is years away but a “No’ vote would put up more speed bumps.
“The quickest solution is we get a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum result but I am not overly optimistic that is going to be the result. That project has to stay on the table regardless of the outcome of the referendum. There is a small short come with a ‘No’ vote even though it is going to be funded by tolls.”
TransLink is going to address seismic and structural concerns on the old Pattullo Bridge with construction next year, which will cause traffic headaches.
The mayor’s plan is pitching a new four lane toll bridge that could be expanded to six lanes.
A plebiscite results is expected by month’s end.