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Letter: Lower Lynn highway improvement project drags on and on

Construction phase of this project seems to go out of its way to make it hard for Seymour residents to go anywhere
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The Highway 1 westbound off-ramp to Lillooet Road and Mount Seymour Parkway is closed to July 13, to help facilitate associated project utility and roadway construction works.

Dear Editor:

The Highway 1-Lower Lynn Improvement project continues to make life miserable for Seymour area residents.

Seymour residents used to have two exits (22  and 22B) to funnel Ironworkers Memorial bridge traffic to Mount Seymour Parkway and Capilano University. The Fern Street connector also had two lanes east/west with both directions having access to Highway 1 eastbound.

For the longest time now, we have had one lane east/west. There was no access to Highway 1 eastbound from Nov. 22, 2020, to June 10, 2021, which is 6½ months. It was supposed to be closed for two or three months.

The new five-lane Keith Road overpass was scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020 but still only has one lane in each direction, and it is not looking very complete.

Exit 22 is gone. Now the ministry has closed exit 22B from June 11 to at least July 13. This is the only viable access to Mount Seymour Parkway from the Ironworkers bridge. Mount Seymour Parkway is extremely busy. There are going to be big backups on Dollarton Highway and Riverside Drive. Anyone who continues to Mountain Highway and swings back along Keith Road will hit the single-lane choke point on the new overpass.

The construction phase of this project seems to go out of its way to make it hard for Seymour residents to go anywhere. Every traffic obstacle drags on much longer than is reasonable.

Victor Tilton
District of North Vancouver