North Shore News’ Brent Richter wrote a great piece yesterday on the recent intensification of traffic across North Vancouver, especially around the Second Narrows bridgehead.

The full article provides a detailed analysis of the current congestion issues as related to Highway 1, aka The Cut, Keith Road, 3rd Street, Main Street and Dollarton.

I encourage you to check it out here: “Highway 1 no longer making the cut

The highlights

Import workers:

But, along with changing demographics and ballooning land prices, there’s been a shift in commuting patterns.

The percentage of North Shore residents who also work on the North Shore has risen from 46 per cent to 50 per cent, but the number of people commuting from south of the Burrard Inlet has gone up by 14 per cent from 17,260 to 19,660 according to the census data.

4 hour rush hour:

When a road hits its maximum capacity, the queues of idling vehicles and the amount of time rush hour lasts both just get longer. “Rush hour” with near-to or over-capacity traffic on roads leading to the Second Narrows bridgehead now extends from 2 until 6 p.m., according to the study, and that’s assuming there are no accidents or stalls.

Too many trips:

He suggested North Shore residents also look at their own habits before pointing fingers.


“A lot of it is local traffic. We could maybe make better choices around not driving six trips in a day.”


North Van neglect:

“The one place in the entire TransCanada Highway between Squamish and now Chilliwack that has not had virtually a nickel put into it is our community — Lynn Valley to the Ironworkers Bridge,” he said.

Scary future:

But, even if we untie all the traffic knots before the bridge, the Ironworkers itself will be unable to handle much more capacity, Jardine said. In theory, the bridge could handle 1,800 vehicles per lane, per hour heading eastbound. With the bridge already accommodating more than 5,000 vehicles per hour in its three eastbound lanes during peak periods, it’s only a matter of time before the bridge starts to look like the Cut.

Lack of foresight:

Had [the transit plebiscite] passed, the North Shore would have got three new B-line bus routes, as well as 50 per cent more SeaBus service, and more regular buses.

Follow Brent on Twitter: @BrentRichter

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