Local streets in New Westminster will experience more traffic over the coming months due to the spillover effect from the closure of Front Street.
According to the municipal government’s website, the street will be closed beginning on Monday, February 1 to allow for the demolition of the western portion of the multi-level Front Street Parkade – from Begbie to Sixth streets. It is expected that the route will be closed until July 2016.
Pedestrians and vehicles will still be able to access Front Street Frontage Road, but there will be periodical road closures between Begbie and Sixth streets. As well, vehicles accessing Begbie Street and McKenzie Street may be restricted to Trapp & Holbrook underground parking during the demolition phase.
The eastern portion of the Front Street Parkade will remain and undergo an extensive structural rehabilitation.
The removal project was pushed forward as an urban renewal project to open up access to the river waterfront. The traffic disruptions are required as the concrete parkade structure is elevated above Front Street.