Ok, here it is, my proposal for the New Patullo Bridge to be constructed along with the NFPR
My feelings on the NFPR have changed of recent, and I now feel that with the proposed replacement of the Patullo Bridge I have created below along with the new SFPR being constructed, there is no need for the NFPR to be built any further west than the new Patullo Bridge.
To compliment my design below, I would like for there to be a free flow Japanese style expressway built between the #1 / United Boulevard and the New Patullo Bridge (essentially upgrading Brunette from the #1 and Columbia to the new Patullo Bridge into a 4 lane controlled access expressway.) This short expressway would have only 60km / h speed limits due to the fact in order to conserve space it would have narrow shoulders and that it is running through an increasingly densifying urban area.
Ok, now to the Bridge:
Please do not make fun of the quality of my map, I do not have ArcMap at home, so I had to use Photoshop (essentially, please don't bother pointing out to cartographical mistakes, I am well aware of them), hehe
So, as you can see here I have aligned the New Patullo Bridge east of the rail bridge.
Starting from south to North, the King George highway will enter into an elevated 4 lane viaduct from the Surrey escarpment, reducing 2 hills from the new alignment (going down the bridge to land on the flats and going up the escarpment). At this point the speed limit will be 80km hour. There will be two at grade ramps at this southern landing. They will be accessing the now local road replacement of the old King George Highway.
The next major feature will a a complete free flow interchange with the new SFPR (eliminating the need for the NFPR to go through New Westminster to the Queensburough). This ramps will obviously be elevated in order to reduce their impact on the industry below and to to reach the elevated King George viaduct. (The exact alignments / curves of these ramps is for debate, this is just a rough proposal).
After this point we enter the bridge itself which will be 6 lanes (2 lanes added, which both meet their end at the SFPR interchange via ramps)
Then, there will only be 2 ramps connecting to the Patullo Bridge from Columbia, and they will be Columbia Westbound to Patullo South Bound and Patullo Northbound to Columbia Eastbound. This is being done to further reinforce the NFPR, Patullo Bridge and SFPR connection as the highway thoroughfare. It is also being done to restrict traffic from entering Columbia west though New West, in order to help recreate that section of Columbia as a local road, not a highway. The speed limit is now reduced to 60km hour and the road width is again 4 lanes. To accommodate all other traffic flows, there will be an at grade, traffic light controlled intersection just north of the Patullo Bridge's northern landing with Royale Ave.
And of course there will be bike and pedestrian paths on the bridge.
So that is what I have so far, I hope to make a more detailed map soon.
Tell me what you think!
But in all honesty I believe this is the best solution, for it keeps commercial traffic and New West's interests both in mind.
Also please keep in mind the exact location of the southern landing i do not know, it all depends on the preferred viaduct elevation, and the exact alignment of the King George viaduct could also be tweaked to reduce the impact on local business. Again, just a basic representation of my preferred idea.
Oh, and the bridge would obviously be tolled