Agreement reached on Braid Street Bailey Bridge

An exmaple of a Bailey Bridge. Wikipedia/Creative Commons

The City of New Westminster and the City of Coquitlam reached an agreement on the replacement for the Braid Street Bailey Bridge today.

The current bridge, which crosses the Brunette River near the Braid Street industrial area, will be replaced with two single-lane Bailey Bridges to allow for two-way traffic flow. One of the bridges will also include pedestrian and bike pathways.

The City of New Westminster has bought a single-lane bridge that will be used for one of the crossings and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has agreed to provide a loan for the second bridge.

The total cost of the replacement for the bridge will be shared between both cities and is estimated at $1.2 million.

The one-lane Bailey Bridge crossing was closed to traffic in March 2012 after an engineering inspection found it structurally unsound. Provincial arbitration began in March 2014 after the two municipalities were unable to reach an agreement on the inter-municipal road, which connects United Boulevard in Coquitlam to Braid Street in New Westminster.

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Work on the the two bridges will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in mid-September.

The crossing will be closed to all traffic including cyclists and pedestrians, until the new bridge is opened.

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