THE Surrey Board of Trade, while expressing its happiness with Momday’s announcement by the BC Government that a request for qualifications (RFQ) has been released to identify a contractor to design, build and finance a new Pattullo Bridge, asked the government to “re-consider an opening of four lanes to six-lanes to accommodate certain population growth in the region.”
Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, said: “We must prepare for the transportation infrastructure needs for our economic future. And that will come sooner than most people anticipate. It always does. ”
She noted that the replacement at an estimated construction cost of $1.377-billion has been a long-awaited infrastructure asked for by the Surrey Board of Trade.
When businesses are not impeded by constant upgrades, repaving, and traffic congestion, they can grow. Wider lanes with a median barrier will not only ease the flow of traffic but reduce the collision rates on the bridge, she pointed out.
“The Surrey Board of Trade will continue to support the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in ensuring that the construction of a new bridge aligns with the needs of businesses and provides an avenue to grow the city’s economy,” added Huberman.