Pitt Meadows, British Columbia – The Pitt River Bridge and Mary Hill Interchange Project in British Columbia marked a milestone yesterday as it reached the two-thirds completion mark. The project includes a new seven-lane bridge that will replace the existing swing bridges, along with an interchange to replace the current Lougheed Highway and Mary Hill Bypass intersection.

“The Pitt River Bridge Crossing is a significant gateway for British Columbia and it’s particularly important to the people of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and surrounding communities,” said B.C. premier Gordon Campbell. “Traffic over the Pitt River Bridge has almost tripled since 1985 and, with the new Golden Ears Bridge opening, more growth will follow. This new bridge and interchange will significantly improve safety and reliability along this rapidly growing transportation corridor by allowing traffic to flow more smoothly.”

The bridge design incorporates more than $8.5 million in pedestrian and cycling features, including bicycle lanes across the new bridge. The design also allows for one lane to be added in future, which could meet future demand or vehicle use or light rail rapid transit, and could be used for high-occupany vehicles and RapidBus in the interim.

The provincial and federal governments announced a cost-sharing agreement for the $198 million project in February 2007, with the province providing $108 million, and up to $90 milion by the government of Canada through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.

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