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City seeks to trim truck routes
Sapperton and Massey Heights residents could soon be spared the rumble and exhaust of constant truck traffic.
Meantime, those who live along Royal Avenue may have to wait a little longer.
A New Westminster city staff report has recommended the city ask TransLink to remove East Eighth Avenue and East Columbia Street north of Brunette from the regional truck route network.
The report also suggests the city notify TransLink of its longterm objective to restrict truck traffic on Front Street and Royal Avenue. The recommendations follow a review of the city’s east-west truck traffic commissioned as part of New West’s Master Transportation Plan process.
The review, conducted by consultants Halcrow/CH2M Hill, looked at the types of freight moving through the city and the impact removing truck routes would have on that freight, residents and surrounding cities.
The analysis assumed provincial highway improvement projects like the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the Port Mann Highway 1 projects are completed.
The effects of truck traffic diverting to the Pattullo Bridge to avoid tolls on the new Port Mann are being reviewed by the province, TransLink and adjacent communities as part of the Pattullo Bridge review process.
The review concluded that removing trucks from either East Eighth or East Columbia would just shift trucks to the route still open, so both should be restricted.
Doing so would reduce noise, visual and air pollution, and would imporove safety in New West while having a minimal impact on surrounding communities and the trucking industry, the report stated.
Keeping trucks off Royal and Front is a more problematic.
Most trucks going through New West are traveling between the northeast sector communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Pitt Meadows and warehousing, distribution and logistics facilities in Richmond, Annacis Island, south Burnaby and south Vancouver. Diverting traffic to the South Fraser Perimeter Road through Surrey and Delta would increase travel distances, time and expenses, concluded the report.
Closing all those routes to trucks would also have a significant spillover to surrounding communities like Burnaby and Delta, said the report.
To achieve peace from truck traffic for embattled residents along Royal Avenue, as well get trucks off Front Street as part of the city’s long-range vision for the waterfront, the report recommends the city begin a dialogue with stakeholders and TransLink to come up with ways to make that happen.
The staff report also recommends the city request TransLink and Port Metro Vancouver develop strategies to move goods through the region more efficiently while minimizing trips through urban neighbourhoods.