FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Shore MPs Announce Federal Commitment to Addressing Congestion on The Cut
North Vancouver, British Columbia, January 27, 2017
North Shore Members of Parliament Jonathan Wilkinson, Terry Beech and Pamela Goldsmith-Jones are pleased to announce that the federal government will provide $20M to cover a one-third share of a major new highway redesign at the foot of the “Cut” to help ease the current intolerable levels of traffic congestion.
For some time, the District of North Vancouver has been calling for the Lynn Creek Bridge problem to be addressed and the initial overpass redesign revisited. The three North Shore MPs voiced their support during the 2015 election. The need to address the Lynn Creek Bridge was a project specifically mentioned by Prime Minister Trudeau during the 2015 election campaign.
Subsequent to the election, the District and the three North Shore MPs have worked to raise this matter with the Province and to push for the development of a design that would address this important issue.
Over the past several months, the Province has engaged in these discussions and developed a design that provides for dedicated municipal lanes that will be added at the base of the Cut and dedicated side bridges at Lynn Creek to accommodate this traffic. The design will also provide for a number of other highway improvements – including the addition of an on-ramp to Highway #1 at Mountain Highway. The total incremental cost of incorporating these improvements will be ~$60M – which will be split three ways.
The Lynn Creek Bridge and its approaches currently form a bottleneck which was not adequately addressed in the overpass redesign announced under an agreement between the previous federal government and the Province of British Columbia in 2014. The new design will ease the flow of traffic for residents trying to transit across the North Shore without encountering the volume snarl of north/south traffic. The new design will also improve upon a number of other challenges with the initial design – including now making provision for motorists coming down Mountain Highway to get onto #1 without being forced all the way down to Keith Road.
“During the 2015 election campaign I publicly raised in the North Shore News the issue of needing to creatively address congestion on The Cut. This is something that I, Mayor Walton and my North Shore MP colleagues have championed since that time. I am very pleased that the federal government has delivered on this commitment.”
-Jonathan Wilkinson, MP for North Vancouver
“In Early 2016, we worked with all levels of government and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to set
transportation and relief from traffic congestion as one of our highest infrastructure priorities. This project will benefit every family, student and business from Blueridge to Deep Cove.”
-Terry Beech, MP for Burnaby North – Seymour
“Highway congestion on the Upper Levels is a major concern, affecting residents, visitors and the economy throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and across the North Shore. We are pleased to be working together with the Province and municipalities to address this problem.”
-Pam Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast
Jonathan Wilkinson, MP for North Vancouver
Terry Beech, MP for Burnaby North –Seymour
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country