This announcement came out in The Sun on election day, November 15:
Representatives from all three governments met in a North Vancouver traffic loop this week to unveil plans for a new interchange on Highway 1 at Mountain Highway.
… a $ 50- million project aimed at undoing the traffic quagmire
In the big scheme of things, this is just one intersection in the freeway network within Metro Vancouver – $50 million for one part of a $140 million project.
The province will put up $23.5 million, with $12.5 million coming from the federal government and $14 million from the district, including $5 million spent buying the shuttered Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary from the North Vancouver school board. The school site sits where the new overpass will go.
The purpose? Congestion relief.
“We think it will be significant,” Joyce said. “It’s not going to solve all of the problems, but we believe 30 per cent of the traffic that is coming down the Cut is actually local traffic and it’s trying to get through. If we can get it off ( the highway sooner), it’s going to make a great deal of impact.”
The talking point for the local MLA is indicative of the thinking:
“When we think about all the things that are important to us, time is probably one of the most important things. This will save people time,” North Vancouver MLA Naomi Yamamoto said.
There’s more to come:
Redoing the Mountain Highway interchange is the first step in a three- part project that will see the Mount Seymour Parkway and Main Street- Dollarton interchanges redesigned. The total cost is estimated at $ 140 million.
(1) The Big Assumption: Any new road improvement will benefit the existing traffic – so long as there is no significant increase in new traffic.
(2) The Logical Outcome: In a growing region, there will be new traffic. Attracted by ‘congestion relief,’ it will fill up the expanded capacity and create the next point of congestion. Which will lead to the demand for more road infrastructure. Which, in the end, is the point: Motordom Must be Fed.
(3) The Unnoticed Reality: You will not vote on this. Citizens on the North Shore did not vote on this. Road and bridge infrastructure is not the kind of thing put up for a public vote; it is announced – just like the Massey Crossing.