Coquitlam wants city listed on road signs 0
Port Mann Bridge. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The Coquitlam mayor thinks motorists are at risk when approaching the Port Mann Bridge eastbound because of confusing signage.
An interchange was built for drivers exiting just before the new crossing to go to Coquitlam. The signs are listed as 7, 7A and 7B, but most drivers only know those highways as Lougheed, Barnet and the Mary Hill Bypass, Mayor Richard Stewart said, adding drivers exit and don’t know which road to take.
“Any type of motorist confusion at highway speeds needs to be avoided, and we’re hearing that the current signage leaves many motorists confused,” he said.
Coquitlam passed a resolution Feb. 4 to write to the Ministry of Transportation asking for the signage wording to be changed.
The ministry policy, however, is to avoid referencing a city centre on highway directional signs. Stewart said provincial staff have “held their ground” on the issue, leaving Coquitlam no choice but to write the minister. Stewart argued at the same sign location near the bridge is a sign pointing to Surrey city centre.
“It was a horrible interchange,” he said. “Now it’s much better. We just want better signage.”