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The award recognizes projects by APEGBC members (of which Burnaby's Director of Engineering, Lambert Chu, is one) for outstanding contributions toward environmental protection, sustainable development and excellence in engineering and geoscience that involve new and unique applications of advanced technology.
While "very little progress has been made" so far in securing funding from Ottawa for the $30-million project, a new funding opportunity has arisen, said Lambert Chu, Burnaby's deputy director of engineering. Count Burnaby in, said Chu."It's getting tight but it's still doable," said Chu."At this point in time I wouldn't push the panic button yet." The 2009 deadline can still be met if work on the project begins by the end of the year, he said.
"There's going to be traffic delays, especially in the first week until people get used to the traffic pattern change," said Lambert Chu, deputy director of engineering for Burnaby.
"We will look at opportunities for improvements on transportation and look at the existing traffic constraints and issues," said Lambert Chu, Burnaby's assistant director of engineering."Through that, identify alternatives to meet the traffic flow requirements - intersection improvements, left turn lanes, signal co-ordination, Kingsway widening."The end result will be a co-ordinated, integrated strategy for the Kingsway corridor.Kingsway is Burnaby's busiest road with the highest volumes of cars.In addition to serving as a major artery, it is also one of the city's most dangerous roads.Kingsway intersections like Royal Oak and Willingdon rank among the highest in the province for accidents every year."We don't have to search very hard to know that we do have traffic congestion problems at various intersections and we do have accidents," said Chu."But what we want to do is, rather then look at these one or two intersections, is look at the entire corridor and what can be done in an integrated manner."Traffic remedies for specific intersections or street blocks may help to solve problems in that area but they can also create other troubles further down the road," said Chu.
"At this point in time, the city has not issued any fines or laid charges against any repeat offenders…[because] there's no evidence to suggest that there is offenders beyond the warning letters, so that's why the city has not gone that route," said Lambert Chu, Burnaby's assistant director of engineering. Still, the city continues to receive calls from residents every day reporting "inappropriate use of water," Chu said. And it's not just complaints about lawn sprinkling."It's included people hosing driveways or hosing outdoor services, so we respond to those calls accordingly." Neither the number of phone calls they've received or the number of warning letters they've issued surprises Chu. "We've issued over 400 warning letters and that comparatively is still a small number considering the size of the population of Burnaby," he said.