As far as the Stormont connector goes:
- the comments that it is not part of current planning are correct (as far as I know)
- I raised it as a good solution to the north end traffic flow.
- But, it is not just a New West thing: Alex Mackinnon is correct that McBride could easily be turned into a freeway, but the real issue is in Burnaby where the Stormont would carry traffic to HWY 1 and so make a major connection that would be good for the region.
But, the argument for turning McBride into a freeway (or close) flies in the face of what most other municipalities arer working towards: Surrey want's King George to change its character away from being solely a throughfare; North Van District is doing the same to Marine; and there are many other cases - so why should New West favour doing the opposite?
As for the Lions Gate: the causeway is not a problem unless a bigger crossing is built, it is currently built to the same standard as the bridge. There is no reason to widen it to 4 lanes if the bridge is 3 lanes. The north end dumps onto Marine, which is fine, but the two connections to the Upper Levels are not good and do not handle the traffic very well. A true connector would be as valuable there as for the Patullo in New West. The issues are similar, and the resistance is similar.
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