Letters to the Editor

Port Mann twinning fully appreciated

Regarding the misguided opposition to twinning the Port Mann Bridge and improving Highway 1: The Port Mann Bridge was built more than 40 years ago when there were less than a million people living in the Lower Mainland – and most of those people were living on the north side of the Fraser River. 

Today there are more than 2.3 million people living in the Lower Mainland and almost a million them are living south of the Fraser River.  Before too long there will probably be more people living south of the Fraser than there are people living north of it.

Yet according to some misguided individuals, we don’t need any more roads or bridges to serve the Lower Mainland’s growing population beyond the four lane Port Mann Bridge that was built more than 40 years ago. Correction: Five lane bridge – the NDP repainted the lines on the Port Mann Bridge back in the 1990s turning four lanes into five.

Fortunately, those opposed to improving the Lower Mainland’s transportation systems are in the minority.  

The majority of people in the Lower Mainland fully support the investments being made to twin the Port Mann Bridge and widen Highway 1. Just look at the angry public pasting Carole James took when she decided to announce she was opposed to twinning the Port Mann Bridge.

The Port Mann Bridge is going to be twinned and Highway 1 is going to be improved, and most of us can’t wait to see that happen (along with improvements to the transit system) because it’s going to improve life for a lot of people in the Lower Mainland.

Gary Bizzo

Burnaby

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