The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sought public feedback regarding the Brunette Interchange Project on Highway 1. The Brunette Avenue Interchange is the primary interchange for commercial vehicles and is heavily used by highway traffic headed for Coquitlam and New Westminster. It also serves as a key local connection between these municipalities and provides cyclists and pedestrians with a route along Brunette Avenue, particularly for those accessing the Braid Street SkyTrain Station. Improving the Brunette overpass is critical for moving people and goods in this area and for emergency vehicles trying to get to and from the Royal Columbian Hospital.
The engagement offered citizens an opportunity to take a look at three design options and provide feedback.
- Option A: Brunette Interchange with Separate Municipal Connections and United Blvd. Connection – The main crossing of Highway 1 is separated into two corridors – a two- lane corridor for local traffic and a four-lane corridor for regional and provincial traffic.
Option B: Blue Mountain Interchange with United Blvd. Connection – This option extends Blue Mountain St. over Highway 1 to United Blvd. Interchanges become the main access to Highway 1.
Option C: Blue Mountain Interchange with Braid Industrial Area Connector – The direct connection between United Blvd. and Brunette is replaced by a two-lane connection from Blue Mountain St. to Columbia St. via a new connector with a two lane tunnel under the rail lines and Brunette River.
Citizens could fill in an online survey or make submissions by email or mail. In addition, there were four open houses held in the community in November and December 2016. The engagement site also offered a sign-up option to receive email updates to get more information about the project. There will be more ways to participate in the future.
October 20 – December 23, 2016
- 316 completed feedback forms were received (38 hard copy, 273 online, and 5 via mail/email/fax)
- Open house attendees: 565
Input leads to action:
The ministry continues to discuss options with key stakeholders. Information from public engagement will help to inform design for future option revisions. Further engagement will take place once the Ministry has revised options.