The neighbouring cities of Coquitlam and New Westminster have established a task force in an effort to develop a joint response to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) on plans currently underway for a new Brunette interchange. The Brunette Interchange Project is being advanced by MoTI as part of its 10-year transportation plan which includes new interchange improvements on highways in the Lower Mainland.
“ICBC statistics show this interchange has the highest frequency of crashes of any location within Coquitlam,” said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart. “It’s the only interchange that remained unchanged during the recent Port Mann Bridge / Trans-Canada Highway upgrade, and it’s the main route from the Tri-Cities to Royal Columbian, our regional hospital. We look forward to working collaboratively with the City of New Westminster in order to move the Brunette Interchange Project forward”.
Co-chaired by the Mayors of Coquitlam and New Westminster and consisting of two councillors from each city, the task force will be supported by their respective senior engineering/transportation staff.
“Given the potential impacts of a new Brunette Avenue interchange it is critical that we work together to ensure the best interests of our respective communities are kept front and centre,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté. “This joint task force is an ideal forum for New Westminster and Coquitlam to advocate for that to occur.”
The Coquitlam-New Westminster Joint Task Force on the Brunette Avenue Interchange Project will conclude its work and report out to respective councils no later than February 27, 2017.
Contacts:City of New Westminster