[Coquitlam-news] News Release - Bridge Links Northeast Coquitlam to Town Centre

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Thu Aug 24 11:59:11 EDT 2006

Bridge Links Northeast Coquitlam to Town Centre

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, August 24, 2006 - Coquitlam celebrates the
opening of the newly-named 'Eleanor Ward Bridge' connecting Northeast
Coquitlam to the rest of the City on Saturday, August 26, 2006.  The
Grand Opening starts at 11:00 a.m. and incorporates a naming ceremony, a
parade, bike decorating and other activities for children of all ages.
Following this, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the bridge will be open to
"The new Eleanor Ward Bridge links Northeast Coquitlam with the Regional
Town Centre and is an important regional transportation link and
emergency response route," says Mayor Maxine Wilson.  "We are also very
proud of some of the special environmental features used in developing
this project.  For example, we added fish-rearing ponds in off-channel
areas, riparian plantings along the river and creeks, fish-friendly
culverts, fish ladders and enhanced wildlife corridors.  Measures like
these have enabled us to build this project in a way that respects - and
protects - our environment."
The Eleanor Ward Bridge is just one part of the David Avenue Connector
which includes two bridges, two travel lanes in each direction, four new
traffic signals, on-street bicycle lanes, a new sidewalk, a mixed used
trail and improved street lighting.  An additional feature for area
residents includes special pavement to muffle the sound of traffic.
The project, which is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken
by the City, was funded by TransLink, the City of Coquitlam and the BC
government.  The two-kilometre long, four-lane municipal arterial road
with bridges over the Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek was constructed
between Pipeline Road and Coast Meridian Road.  It cost $25-million and
took 25 months to construct.
TransLink contributed $15-million towards this project through its Major
Road Network Capital Program, which is dedicated to improving major
regional roads to facilitate the movement of goods, improve travel times
and increase access to the regional transportation network.
"The David Avenue Connector is one of eight major road projects that
TransLink is funding across the region as part of our 2005-2007, Three
Year Plan to reduce traffic congestion and improve the flow of people,
goods and services to maintain a healthy economy and livable region,"
said TransLink Chair, Malcolm Brodie.

"Eleanor was well known for her tireless energy and commitment to
Northeast Coquitlam, campaigning for better transportation links within
the community," said Iain Black, MLA for Port Moody-Westwood, on behalf
of Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen. "We are here today in
large-part to her work, and I cannot think of a better way to honour
Eleanor's memory and spirit than to name this bridge after her."
Under the Province's Community Development Initiative, $2-million in
funding was provided for the project.  Coquitlam was recognized by the
Consulting Engineers of BC (CEBC) for its environmental stewardship in
developing its habitation recognition plan for this project. 

For more information, please contact
Sonia Santarossa
City Clerk
ssantarossa at coquitlam.ca


*	The Eleanor Ward Bridge is a 127-metre long bridge over the
Coquitlam River.  It is named after a long time resident and community
volunteer of Northeast Coquitlam, Eleanor Ward. 
*     The David Avenue Connector involved construction of a
two-kilometre long, four-lane municipal arterial road with bridges over
the Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek between Pipeline Road and Coast
Meridian Road in Coquitlam.
*	The Connector provides primary transportation and utility
networks required to serve the Northeast Coquitlam, a sustainable
community of approximately 24,000 residents.
*	Approval for the Connector project was obtained under the
Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act by addressing the
potential impact on fish habitat and the navigation of the Coquitlam
*	The David Avenue Connector was also constructed in accordance
with provincial approvals under the Water Act.
*	Special environmental features include numerous, on-site and
off-site habitats to replace the riparian habitat affected by
construction.  These include over 14,000 square metres of riparian
plantings and 7,000 square metres of in-stream habitat.  It also
includes fish-rearing ponds in off-channel areas, fish-friendly
culverts, fish ladders and enhanced wildlife corridors.   
*	Large and coarse woody debris was also added to create
over-wintering habitat for juvenile salmonids, as well as habitat for
other fish, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals.
*    The David Avenue Connector project includes the David Avenue Trail,
a two-kilometre, mixed-use trail that connects Percy Perry Park, the
Coquitlam River Trail System, the TransCanada Trail, Norm Staff Park
with linking access to Northeast Coquitlam.  The Trail is three-metres
(10 feet) wide and is separated from the roadway to maximize pedestrian
comfort and safety.
*	In 2005, the City of Coquitlam won an award from the Consulting
Engineers of BC (CEBC) for engineering excellence for its habitat
compensation strategy on the David Avenue Connector.

Kate Jobling
Communications & Public Relations
City of Coquitlam
kjobling at coquitlam.ca

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