Locals Rally to Stop Highway Extension

A vocal and dedicated contingent of residents have successfully rallied to halt plans to expand a highway in metropolitan Vancouver.
May 25, 2011, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"New Westminster residents have proved a force to be reckoned with. Mayor Wayne Wright referred to the first NFPR open house as "a donnybrook"-slang for a mass brawl. It was this outspoken opposition that forced provincially controlled TransLink to back off on the United Boulevard extension, the first phase of the NFPR in New Westminster. If they had proceeded it would have cost about $175 million for a short stub of freeway and an overpass that would feed more traffic onto the already congested New Westminster street network."

Local opposition proved too great for officials to ignore, which led them to cancel the project.

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Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Straight
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