Coast Meridian Overpass


For the past two years, the City of Port Coquitlam has been working on the Coast Meridian Overpass (CMO). Finally, the project that will link North and South Port Coquitlam is nearing completion, and the overpass is slated to open to traffic on Sunday, March 7. But in advance of the opening a big party is planned for Saturday, March 6. The CMO Opening Ceremonies will take place on the overpass from 10am-noon.

“We invite everyone to come out and experience the CMO for the first time on March 6,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore. “It’s been a long journey, but we’re finally here. Soon we’re going to start to realize the benefits of connecting North and South – getting home sooner, getting to swimming lessons or hockey games faster, better access for emergency services, and no more traffic jams on Shaughnessy Street, which will help our businesses.”

The celebration begins at 10am with a parade to mid-span from both ends of the bridge, for a symbolic linking of North and South Port Coquitlam. Other festivities include a street hockey game between Kilmer Elementary and James Park Elementary, pick-up street hockey for adults and kids who bring their own sticks, and pizza for street hockey participants from San Remo Pizza. There will also be vintage vehicles plus old and new buses and fire trucks, displays, prizes, swag, and speeches. The Tim Hortons Community Cruiser and ICBC Crash Car and Safety Bear will be on hand, and Port Coquitlam band Another Round will provide live music.

Due to limited parking and environmental concerns, event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, use public transit or carpool. Free shuttles will be available from PoCo’s West Coast Express parking lot, and the Northside Foursquare Church (1477 Lougheed Highway) will make its parking lot available for the event. A free bicycle valet service will also be provided at the south approach by BEST, in addition to bike racks at the north approach.

Discussions about an overpass crossing the CPR yards date back to 1913, and the alignment along Coast Meridian Road was identified in regional plans in 1980. Planning for the current structure began in 2000 when Council adopted the Port Coquitlam Master Transportation Plan. TransLink announced funding in 2004, and an agreement with CPR for the overpass right-of-way was signed in 2006. Construction started in early 2008.

In addition to the four-lane bridge with sidewalks and bicycle lanes, the project also includes extensive road and intersection improvements along Lougheed Highway, Coast Meridian Road, Kingsway Avenue, Broadway Street and McLean Avenue. A new road, the Lougheed Meridian Connector, was also constructed.

This is a big project, and it is exciting to see it reach completion. Hopefully, it will live up to its promise and make getting around Port Coquitlam just a little bit easier. For more information on the opening ceremonies, call 604.927.5335 or email vincentk@portcoquitlam.ca.

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