PITT MEADOWS, BC - At the January 9 Council Meeting, the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF) presented to Council regarding the status of proposed projects affecting the Pitt Meadows community. These projects include a Kennedy Rd. overpass, an interchange at Allen Way, and an underpass at Harris Road rail crossing.
At this time, the Harris Road underpass and Kennedy Road overpass proposed projects have been submitted to the federal government for funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund. A response on potential funding is expected by the end of March 2018.
“Council believes the public introduction of these proposals is a good start, but we will be working with the GTCF on the concepts and plans. We will also be working with The GTCF to ensure very robust public engagement to hear from the community what the impacts will be, full mitigation strategies and what benefits these projects can bring,” said Mayor John Becker.
“Council acknowledged that these projects can have the potential to change the face of Pitt Meadows, so we will be working with our senior partners and CP Rail to ensure we do what is right for the community.”
Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF), is a partnership between several senior agencies, including Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, TransLink, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, and Port Metro Vancouver.
The GTCF is working on a strategy for smart infrastructure investment, called Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030, which aims to remove bottlenecks impeding the growth of trade, while addressing the community impacts of goods movement and population growth. The nearly 40 transportation projects proposed as part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030, including the proposed projects in Pitt Meadows, are intended to provide national, provincial, regional, and local benefits.
The presentation at the January 9 Council Meeting was intended to begin the process of informing and engaging the public on these important traffic related projects. The City will be working closely with senior governments and agencies as well as CP Rail to ensure that the community is informed on the impacts of these projects, and community engagement for public feedback will be a part of next steps.
More information and proposed concepts can be found at the City’s website at pittmeadows.bc.ca.