Is it an election year? The Port Mann bridge has been a notorious bottleneck for Vancouverites as the City grew around it, now the Province is planning to build a new bridge rather than twin it…
The provincial government has scrapped its plan to twin the Port Mann Bridge in favour of building a new 10-lane crossing over the Fraser River, at a cost of $3.3 billion.
Premier Gordon Campbell said the new bridge, which will be built to accommodate rapid bus service, expanded cycling and pedestrian lanes and a possible light rail line, will ease congestion clogging the crossing and commuter delays by about one-third.
I’m all for progress, where it’s needed, and in moderation. At a cost of $3.3 billion dollars, that’s a lot of trips, (1.1 billion vehicle trips). Considering that traffic counts from 2005 show around 4,000 vehicles per hour in peak hour, it could be estimated (gross estimate!) that about 45,000 vehicles use the bridge per day this bridge would pay itself off in 200 years.
Has anyone told Premier Gordon Campbell about Peak Oil?