The proposed 2-kilometre North Lougheed Connector (NLC) will provide a direct link from Abernathy Way to the Lougheed Highway, order to:
- allow for traffic calming on Old Dewdney Trunk Road to make it safer for area residents and slower moving farm vehicles and machinery;
- provide a more direct traffic route between northeast Maple Ridge and the Pitt River Bridge to reduce traffic congestion and accommodate projected population growth; and,
- provide access to the North Lougheed Area.
Both in 2007 and today, the NLC has been primarily identified as a way to reduce traffic congestion while simultaneously supporting agricultural producers in Pitt Meadows.
The entire project will be developer-funded, with no cost to City taxpayers, through implementation of the proposed North Lougheed Area Plan. The final cost will be dependent on the design, which has not yet been determined.
Staff are working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and TransLink to determine how the NLC will connect to Golden Ears Way and to Lougheed Highway. This work will be tied to other highway and transportation improvement projects to further improve traffic flow in the area and meet increasing demands.
On September 21, 2020, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced their desire to engage the Pitt Meadows community with a concept plan for major improvements to the Lougheed Highway/Harris Road intersection. These upgrades will work in tandem with future traffic calming improvements along Old Dewdney Trunk Road and the proposed North Lougheed Connector. Public engagement is expected to begin in 2021. Read the media release here.
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