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  BACKGROUNDER  

2006TRAN0001-000051

Jan. 31, 2006

Ministry of Transportation

Office of the Premier

     

 

GATEWAY PROGRAM TIMELINES

 


Consultation

The Gateway Program is committed to comprehensive community and public consultation, ensuring that the project designs consider community objectives as well as the primary project goals of addressing congestion, movement and access needs.

 

Public consultation, including community meetings, open houses and web-based consultation will take place at each of the three key design stages:

 

2006: Pre-design Consultation

Pre-design consultation gathers community feedback on conceptual proposals for new or improved roads and bridges designed to reduce congestion, improve goods movement and improve safety and reliability. Consultation topics may include lane use, HOV priority, commercial lanes, commercial priority access to highway on-ramps, and the cycling network.

 

2007: Preliminary Design Consultation

With basic pre-design components determined, consultation on preliminary design discusses refinements to interchange and access improvements as well as cycling features. A key outcome is community feedback on preliminary designs for consideration by the project team in developing detailed designs.

 

2008: Detailed Design Consultation

Detailed design consultation generally focuses on fewer but more detailed treatments, such as specific interchange and access features, lighting and landscaping. This stage also involves more financial and technical analysis to ensure designs are financially and technically feasible.

 

Public input from consultations will be considered along with technical and financial inputs as the Gateway Program refines each component and moves into the next design stage. As part of the environmental assessment process, there will be further opportunity for public input.

 

Schedule of Open Houses:

CITY

DATE/TIME

LOCATION

Langley

Saturday, Feb. 18

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Walnut Grove Community Centre

8889 Walnut Grove Drive

Langley  

                                                                        8889 Walnut Grove Drive

New Westminster

Saturday, Feb. 25

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Centennial Community Centre

65 East 6th Avenue

New Westminster

 

Burnaby

Saturday, March 4        

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Eight Rinks

6501 Sprott Street

Burnaby

 

CITY

DATE/TIME

LOCATION

Burnaby

Wednesday, March 8    

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bonsor Recreation Centre

6550 Bonsor Avenue

Burnaby

 

Vancouver

Saturday, March 25

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hastings Community Centre, Auditorium

3096 East Hastings Street

Vancouver

 

Vancouver

Wednesday, March 29

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Roundhouse Community Centre, Great Hall

181 Roundhouse Mews

Vancouver

 

Surrey

Saturday, April 8

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Guildford Recreation Centre

15105 – 105th Avenue

Surrey

 

Surrey

Tuesday, April 11

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

North Surrey Arena

10275 – 135th Street

Surrey

 

Coquitlam

Saturday, April 22

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coquitlam Library, Poirier Branch

575 Poirier Street

Coquitlam

 

Coquitlam

Tuesday, April 25

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Planet Ice

2300 Rocket Way

Coquitlam

 

Abbotsford

Saturday, April 29

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Abbotsford Recreation Centre

34690 Old Yale Road

Abbotsford

 

More information on the Gateway Program, downloadable copies of the program definition report, a schedule of public consultations, artist renderings, graphics and maps are available online at www.gatewayprogram.bc.ca.

 

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Media

contact:

Mike Morton

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

250 213-8218

Mike Long

Communications Director

Ministry of Transportation

250 387-7787

 

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