I got stuck in this yesterday - I didn't find it that bad as i was in no rush but it was a pretty long time to go a very short distance - what was really annoying is they have two lanes going towards lougheed and you are not allowed to make left turns onto the hwy #1 west bound exit - and sure enough some ahole sat there blocking the one lane of traffic cause they were disobeying the rules... so the traffic flow was even more slowed up thanks to idiots drivers like that
Gridlock grates on Coquitlam drivers
By John Kurucz, Coquitlam NOW April 6, 2011 1:20 PM
Traffic patterns will change as part of bridge and highway construction. Drivers will be following an amended route as depicted with green arrows in the new alignment.
Photograph by: Illustration courtesy, Transportation Investment Corporation
METRO VANCOUVER -- A change in traffic patterns on United Boulevard resulted in widespread traffic gridlock Monday, causing motorists and officials with the City of Coquitlam to demand answers.
At issue is the intersection of United Boulevard and Mary Hill Bypass, where westbound motorists would typically follow the bypass straight across United Boulevard onto Highway 1.
That traffic flow changed Monday, as a new off-ramp and intersection to the north was created much to the chagrin of at least one motorist.
"Normally it takes me 12 minutes to get home -- it took me 45 minutes to get to the Lougheed Highway and an hour to get home on Monday night," said David Smith, who works on Fawcett Road and lives just across the Port Mann Bridge in Surrey. "It's insane."
The issue was raised at the end of Monday night's Coquitlam council meeting, as staff briefed council members on the "very serious and significant congestion" and how it could potentially affect emergency responders.
"We will be treating this with a high sense of urgency," said Bill Susak, the city's manager of engineering and public works. "Even though the project is not under our control, it has very significant impact to our systems and also to our businesses."
"The traffic situation on United Boulevard is not very good," Mayor Richard Stewart added. "It's disastrous, as several councillors have pointed out."
Max Logan, director of communications with the Port Mann and Highway 1 project, said Tuesday that signage had been placed on the route in advance of the pattern change.
He added that the new traffic flow will be in place until the end of the year to allow for the construction of an overpass connecting the Mary Hill Bypass to Highway 1 and Lougheed Highway westbound.
"I think essentially the situation is there's a lot of people who drive that route every day and it becomes a habit -- they're not necessarily looking for the signage," Logan said.
"And so what happened is people stuck to the old route, they got to United Boulevard, they realized they couldn't cross to get to Highway 1, so they turned right on United Boulevard and then tried to turn left to get onto the new access to Highway 1. Those intersections are not configured to accept that traffic movement and so there were delays as a result of that."
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