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Replacing the Patullo Bridge offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to change New Westminster and Surrey's Fraser River waterfronts from advers… Read More
Replacing the Patullo Bridge offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to change New Westminster and Surrey's Fraser River waterfronts from adversarial projects to a unified Twin Cities Riverside Community Read Less
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Canary Wharf on the Fraser
Re-Visioning the Riverside shared by New Westminster & Surrey

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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:



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:



 
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