South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority | Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project

November 7, 2016

Project status

Permit under preliminary review

On November 9, 2016, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (Translink) entered into a harmonized environmental assessment process for the proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. A significant portion of the proposed project is located within federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Proposed project

The proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement project would 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 proposed new Pattullo Bridge would have approaches connecting to McBride Boulevard in New Westminster and King George Boulevard in the City of Surrey and designed to accommodate a possible future conversion to a six-lane bridge. The proposed project will also include the demolition and removal of the existing Pattullo Bridge.

Status of the harmonized provincial-federal environmental assessment

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and the port authority have agreed to a coordinated provincial-federal environmental assessment process for the proposed project, with the Environmental Assessment Office as the lead agency. The harmonized environmental assessment process will incorporate the port authority’s federal requirements to meet both the Province and the port authority’s respective assessment processes.

At the conclusion of the harmonized environmental assessment process, the port authority will make a determination under section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 of whether the project is likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects. The proposed project is required to obtain a Project and Environmental Review project permit from the port authority to proceed and is categorized as a Category D project.

As part of the review, the port authority will consider 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.

The proposed project is currently in the pre-application stage of the harmonized environmental assessment process. Translink has not submitted an application to the port authority or the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.

Public consultation for the proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project will begin once the formal scope of consultation for the proposed project has been determined as part of the harmonized environmental assessment process.

For more information

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

Contact information

For information about Translink’s proposed Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project, please visit their website or contact Michelle Babiuk by email or phone at 778.379.2481.

For questions regarding the port authority Project and Environmental Review process, please contact Patrick Coates, Senior Planner by email or phone at 604.665.9637.