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COMMUNITY RE-VISIONING - Canary Wharf on the Fraser

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  • Canary Wharf on the Fraser
    Re-Visioning the Riverside shared by New Westminster & Surrey

    Image: http://www.everystockphoto.com/photographer.php?photographer_id=32111
    Cover Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vxla/4805839957/
  • OVERVIEW:

    Bascule Bridges: Taking Advantage of the Patullo Bridge Replacement Project, we propose to leverage the economies and river positioning of the Twin Cities, with a redesign of the combined waterfront. 

    We propose to completely redesign the Fraser River crossings, using Bascule (Pivoting Lift) Bridges that carry crossing-appropriate road, rail, and LRT traffic combinations.


    Riverside Economic Zone converts city borders into hub for designed growth.


    ASSUMPTIONS:

    · Faster arterial and local waterfront transits between the Twin Cities will spark joint economic redevelopment;
    · Riverside LRT Loop speeds commercial and residential development by creating a joint live/work/play community; and
    · Riverside becomes a strong central anchor for new regional development.


    WHY THIS, WHY NOW?

    THE RARE OPPORTUNITY to completely revisit the river crossing road network.

    A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY to simultaneously revitalize brownsites of New Westminster, Queensborough, and Surrey.
  • THE ORIGINAL BRIDGE

    Patullo Bridge at left, and the Southern Railway of BC bridge at right.

    Looking north to New Westminister's constrained approaches--with a dangerous curve and ramps, through a mixed commercial/industrial and residential area--at the top of a cliff.




    ...AND BASCULE BRIDGES




  • HOW TO PAY FOR THIS

    Re-thinking The Approaches creates opportunities  for higher density residential, commercial, and industrial use; in turn, attracting:


    • $Billions in real estate development;
    • Rezoning, planning, and development fees for land and water lots;
    • New and continuing employment opportunities for area residents;
    • Traffic calming and higher property valuations for old approaches;
    • High density populations that increase Translink riderships;
    • More ridership leverages existing intermodal transit services; and
    • Population concentrations enable development of a LRT loop connecting both shores.

  • THE BIG PICTURE - A RE-VISIONING STRATEGY

    We split the traffic--now focused on the old Patullo Bridge crossing's inefficient approaches--into two efficient crossings:


    • Braid-Surrey Connector (Express Highway Bridge to Gateway Express Road): an elevated highway from Kingsway & Brunette Avenue in New West to Surrey’s new Gateway express road route, replacing the Patullo Bridge; 
    • Queensborough Bridge could be twinned—4 lanes in each direction;
    • Connector enables construction of a side-crossing to New Westminster's 12th Ave and Royal Ave at Stewardson Way if the Ewan Ave. railway swing-bridge Right of Way is transferred to the Crown;
    • Kingsway/King George traffic gets redirected to a high-speed zone in a smaller residential area (in New Westminster, preferably with tunnels) and Surrey's Fraser River industrial area; and
    • The old Kingsway-Patullo route obtains traffic calming regimes.

    • S.Fraser-Kingsway Connector (Regional Bridge to Highway 91 connector): From Kingsway & Griffiths in Burnaby/New West to 120th/S.Fraser in Surrey.
    • Conceivably, a cut-and-cover or bored tunnel could connect Griffiths to the Queensborough Bridge.
     
  • Redirecting traffic increases project value if New Westminster's Front Street railway lands are leased, traded, or sold to the CrownThis is accomplished by offering Southern Railway of British Columbia a looping rail route, sending traffic through North Surrey’s industrial area away from the river, using the proposed rail, road and LRT bascule bridge combinations.
  • DEVELOPMENT STAGES FOR THIS ITERATION

    A: Phase1 (Express Connectors)
    1– Initiate: Negotiations for possible transfer of New Westminster Railway Lands to public agencies
    2– Build: Braid-Surrey Connector (Road/Rail/LRT-capable) [Bridge replacing Patullo Bridge—Patullo demolished]
    3– Build: Fraser-Kingsway Connector (Road/Rail/LRT-capable) [Bridge to Queensborough Bridge]
    3– Build: Griffiths/Queensborough Approaches (Tunnel Re-Routing from Southridge to Stewardson Way)
    4– Build: Queensborough Bridge Twin Span (Road)

    B: Phase2 (Riverside Mixed Use)
    1– Finalize: New Westminster Railway Lands transferred to public agencies
    (one landscaped and disguised track retained in situ for emergency bypass in the event of a crossing closure)
    2– Build: Re-routing of Southern Railway of BC to south shore
    3– Build: Patullo Boulevard Bridge (local traffic/LRT)
    4– Build: Local developments, roadways and LRT trackage

    C: Phase3 (Implement LRT)
    1– Build: LRT Riverside Stations
    2– Open: LRT Riverside System
    3– Start: Planning for LRT extensions on north shore to Marpole Loop
    3– Start: Planning for LRT extensions to Richmond and Ladner