Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure | Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project

August 14, 2018

Project status

Permit issued

On May 27, 2019, a project permit was issued to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. The project was reviewed under a harmonized environmental assessment process involving the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. A portion of the project is located within federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved by the port authority subject to 98 permit conditions which MoTI must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant environmental effects.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2019 and take up to five years. Demolition of the existing bridge is expected to take up to two years. For more information about the project and construction activities, please go to MoTI’s website.

About the project:

The Pattullo Bridge Replacement project will include the construction of a new four-lane bridge spanning the Fraser River between New Westminster and Surrey, British Columbia, in the general location of the existing bridge. The new Pattullo Bridge will have approaches connecting to McBride Boulevard in New Westminster and King George Boulevard in the City of Surrey. The project will also include the removal of the existing Pattullo Bridge.

About the harmonized federal-provincial environmental assessment:

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the port authority agreed to a coordinated provincial-federal environmental assessment process for the project, with the Environmental Assessment Office as the lead agency. The harmonized environmental assessment process incorporated the port authority’s federal requirements and met both of the respective assessment processes.

As part of the review, the port authority considered all materials and feedback submitted as part of the harmonized environmental assessment process to assess the potential effects of the proposed project on the environment, communities, and Aboriginal groups.

At the conclusion of the harmonized environmental assessment process, the port authority made a determination under section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The project was reviewed under the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process as a Category D project.

On May 2, 2019, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing decided to issue an environmental assessment certificate to MoTI for the project.

For more information:

For information about the proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project and all documents related to the harmonized environmental assessment, please visit the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office website.

Resources

May 2019 – Approved Project Permit (PP17-107):BC MOTI Pattullo Bridge Replacement [PDF]
May 2019 – Project and Environmental Review Report: BC MOTI Pattullo Bridge Replacement [PDF]

Contact information

For information about the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project, please visit their website or contact Wendy Itagawa by email or phone at 778.379.2481.

For questions regarding the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.