Originally Posted by Dave2
Bert: I'll see you there.
Did you go, Dave?
Basically, they're adding 2 HOV/bus lanes, putting a median in the road with left-turn lanes, and adding a separated "urban walkway" on the east side of the road. This should add a lot of capacity to the roadway since they go from zero free-flow lanes (the left lane is currently interrupted by left-turners and the right lane is interrupted by buses stopping) to two, but I don't know by how much exactly. I forgot to ask them about that, but I'm not sure the representatives would give me a straight answer, anyway. They denied any relevance of this project to Gateway. And quite worryingly, they said this transportation project was not coordinated in any way with land use policy.
Given that only at the very peak of rush hour is this 4-lane stretch of Willingdon congested much at all, and, even then, only a couple blocks of it near Parker, this project just didn't make sense. Then one of the representatives mentioned it was Burnaby's grand plan to have Willingdon be a 6-lane North-South connector from Hastings to Metrotown. Although, the representatives themselves admitted this would be impossible for a very long time since the stretch from Metrotown to Moscrop has houses too close to the road to allow an extra two lanes. So, this is just one piece in that 50-year vision, I guess, not that I agree with it.
I'm somewhat relieved that at least the bus/HOV lanes are full-time, and it's not 2 general purpose lanes being proposed. But, the collateral road capacity increase will be eaten up quickly, I'm sure. Also, they said that no rail link would ever be dreamed of along this arterial since it would be too expensive, although that hasn't stopped the dreamers here.