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Get Moving BC Press Release

Get Moving BC

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2008

 

GET MOVING BC RENEWS CALL TO ACCELERATE PORT MANN TWINNING

 

A twinned Port Mann Bridge would allow traffic to continue to flow during accidents

and other shutdowns by providing a greater number of clear lanes for traffic to get through

 

 

Vancouver, B.C. – This morning's collapse of a construction crane on Highway 1 has lead Get Moving BC to renew its call for the Province to accelerate the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge.

 

Get Moving BC spokesperson Michael McBratney says the incident, which brought traffic to a grinding halt for the better part of a day, demonstrates the pressing need to move forward as quickly as possible with the Port Mann / Highway 1 project.

 

"Incidents like this one are a timely reminder of how easily the Port Mann / Highway 1 system can be brought to a complete standstill," McBratney says. "Until the Port Mann is twinned, and Highway 1 expanded, we're going to continue to be vulnerable to situations like this and the horrendous traffic chaos they create."

 

McBratney points to the fact that a twinned Port Mann Bridge would allow traffic to continue to flow during accidents and other shutdowns by providing a greater number of clear lanes for traffic to get through. At present, there are few options for traffic when the Port Mann Bridge is blocked other than the equally problematic, and often deadly, Pattullo Bridge.

 

"The Port Mann Bridge is forty-four years old and we're paying a heavy price economically and environmentally because the bridge no longer meets the needs it has to serve," McBratney says. "Today's incident really hits that home - it really is time to move the project forward."

 

 

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.

 

For more information please contact Get Moving BC's at 604-678-5567 or by email at info@getmovingbc.com  
 
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