Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton has been tasked with gathering input and ideas from stakeholders and community representatives in order to develop a transportation strategy for the south of the Fraser region.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced Hamilton’s new role last week, saying that over the next few months Hamilton will facilitate discussion with local government officials, First Nations, chambers of commerce and other community leaders about how improvements to provincial infrastructure will tie into and support local and regional transportation priorities, with a particular focus on traffic congestion,population growth, highway safety, cycling connections and port traffic.
“From the South Fraser Perimeter Road to building the George Massey Tunnel replacement, the province is investing heavily in transportation infrastructure south of the Fraser,” Stone said. “As the communities grow and port traffic increases, we need to plan for the future and take advantage of the many opportunities in the region.”
The information gathered will inform future provincial planning and help define specific priorities for provincial infrastructure in the area as per the goals set out in B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year plan for transportation across the province.
“The transportation network south of the Fraser River is a major part of the Pacific Gateway, and as the region grows, we need to make improvements that keep goods and people moving efficiently,” Hamilton said. “I’m looking forward to hearing local ideas about the province’s transportation network and to bring back opportunities and suggestions that could help shape future improvements to our infrastructure south of the Fraser River.”