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Speak up Tuesday on Port Coquitlam bike path

Port Coquitlam residents will get their chance to comment on the preliminary design for a new pedestrian and bicycle path proposed for Kingsway Avenue.  - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Port Coquitlam residents will get their chance to comment on the preliminary design for a new pedestrian and bicycle path proposed for Kingsway Avenue.
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Port Coquitlam residents will get their chance to comment on the preliminary design for a new pedestrian and bicycle path proposed for Kingsway Avenue.

Plans for the Kingsway Trail will be on display at city's Master Transportation Plan open house on June 12 between 6 and 8 p.m. at The Outlet (2253 Leigh Square).

If the pedestrian route receives the necessary approvals, it would connect the city's downtown area at Wilson Avenue with Broadway Avenue and the Coast Meridian Overpass. Future phases of the route would extend it all the way to the Mary Hill Bypass.

"We have a draft layout that could potentially fit in that corridor," said Dave Currie, the city's manager of transportation. "We don't want to go further until we get public input."

The route would run along the north side of Kingsway, on land occupied by BC Hydro and Fortis BC. The grassy area is currently a right-of-way for gas and power lines that run underground and cannot be developed.

"A trail is a good use for that type of area," he said. "There is little else you can really do with the land, from a development perspective."

The project is currently estimated to cost $800,000, but Currie said that as a more detailed design is prepared, staff will get a more defined figures.

Residents can give their thoughts on the proposal and other transportation issues at the June 12 open house or by taking part in an online survey at www.portcoquitlam.ca/mtp between June 13 and June 20.

The city began its Master Transportation Plan update in 2011 and will present the final draft copy to the community and council for feedback and adoption this fall.

The document will guide the city decisions relating to local pedestrian, bicycle, transit and roads networks for the next decade.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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