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Phelan opposes Pattullo expansion

New Westminster school trustee David Phelan intends to ask his fellow board of education members to oppose expanding the Pattullo Bridge to six-lanes.

Phelan said TransLink's proposal to replace the aging structure with a six-lane bridge will result in more traffic that will be dangerous for students as they travel to and from school. It will also cause a deterioration in air quality and have a negative impact on the neighbourhoods children live in.

He intends to introduce a motion at the next board meeting, May 22, calling for trustees to oppose any expansion that increases vehicle traffic in the city.

"For the health and safety of our students, we have a responsibility to take a position on this issue," said Phelan in a news release. "We need to look at a wide range of strategies that promote either maintaining or reducing the level of traffic passing through New Westminster. The decisions we make now are going to impact our schools and our city for generations."

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