What construction is planned in the Cape Horn segment of PMH1 Improvement Project?
Summer 2011 to Winter 2012
- Complete Highway 1 widening, and connections to the new Port Mann Bridge and Lougheed Highway
- Complete the majority of the 15 structures in the area, and the new King Edward Street Overpass across Highway 1
Winter 2012 to Winter 2013
- Complete all construction on Lougheed Highway, Mary Hill Bypass and all remaining structures in the Cape Horn Interchange
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What improvements will take place in the Cape Horn interchange?
The Cape Horn Interchange will see multiple improvements for safety and traffic flow as follows:
- Separate traffic and provide direct connections between Highway 1 and major arterial roads.
- Separation of the entrances from Lougheed Highway eastbound to Highway 1 eastbound.
- Significantly improved ramps westbound from Lougheed Highway at United Boulevard to the new Port Mann Bridge.
- New, direct ramps between Mary Hill Bypass and Highway 1 westbound, reducing congestion at the existing United Boulevard/ Mary Hill Bypass intersection.
- New truck-only lane that connects the new Port Mann Bridge and United Boulevard.
- Relocated Highway 1 eastbound off-ramp from the new Port Mann Bridge to United Boulevard.
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What is being done to minimize the impact of construction on the community?
The Project includes multiple measures to support the community:
- The Project Team has worked with the community to develop long-term noise mitigation plans, including constructing a berm and noise walls.
- As much work as possible is being done during the day.
- Due to congestion concerns, all work that requires lane closures must be done during the night.
- Some noise is unavoidable – such as the sound of safety backup beepers which are important safety features on construction vehicles.
- We are monitoring noise levels to ensure we are working within acceptable ranges for construction in accordance with our environmental commitments.
- We are doing our best to balance the interests of minimizing disruption, maximizing predictability and ensuring timely project completion.
What is the work being done at Mundy Creek and why?
In partnership with the City of Coquitlam, this area has been significantly improved, including:
- Constructing a new channel with stream-side plantings to provide over-wintering habitat for young Coho Salmon, which prefer smaller streams with less flow. Removal of invasive plant species.
- A wider culvert under Lougheed Highway for improved fish passage.
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How will cycling be accommodated and improved in the area?
The existing Lougheed Highway shoulder cycling option will be maintained. Additionally, there will be a new multi-use path on the new Port Mann Bridge and a new connection between the east side of the new bridge and the intersection of Schoolhouse Street and Lougheed Highway.
The bridge path will also connect to a new multi-use path near Fawcett Road to United Boulevard, which will allow cyclists to use existing streets in Coquitlam if they wish to avoid Lougheed Highway.
Longer-term, the City of Coquitlam is coordinating a multi-user path through the Pacific Reach area to connect the Port Mann Bridge to King Edward Street. At King Edward Street, there will be bike lanes on both sides of the road, as well as a multi-user path on the west side of King Edward Street and bike lanes on the new King Edward Street Overpass connecting Lougheed Highway to United Boulevard.
The cycling improvements are some of the biggest improvements in B.C.
Through the process, we have been working with cycling associations to determine the best solutions for cyclists.
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