2014

Jul 02, 2014 Return to Headlines

Provincial Arbitrator Rules on Braid Street Bridge

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – The Provincial arbitrator appointed to reach a decision on the Braid Street Bailey Bridge has ruled, in accordance with the proposal of the City of Coquitlam, that the appropriate replacement for the span is a two-lane connection.

The existing single-lane span had reached the end of its usable life in March 2014 after routine maintenance discovered structural cracks on the bridge.

Provincial arbitration was initiated in March 2014 as the Cities of Coquitlam and New Westminster were unable to agree on the future of the inter-municipal connection.

“We are extremely happy with the arbitrator’s ruling today,” said Mayor Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam. “We have long held that this crossing, while seemingly small, is an important one for our residents – especially as it helps alleviate congestion on the Brunette overpass and, in turn, increases access to Royal Columbian Hospital, Coquitlam’s primary regional hospital. We look forward to seeing this work finally move forward.”

The two cities will now begin the process of working together to implement the arbitrator’s decision. 

“This is a positive step in resolving this dispute,” said Peter Steblin, City Manager, City of Coquitlam. “We look forward to working with our counterparts at the City of New Westminster on implementing this binding decision and finally putting this issue behind us.”

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Final Proposal Arbitration Braid Street Bridge Decision - July 2, 2014