Minister Mulls Changing Confusing Coquitlam Signs

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B.C.'s Transportation Minister says the province will consider changes to highway signs erected through Coquitlam.

The announcement comes after Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart raised concerns the signs in his city don’t actually feature the city’s name.

Stewart added there aren’t any signs directing drivers to Lougheed Highway or the Mary Hill Bypass, but instead the signs point to Highway 7 or Highway 7B, and alternate between south and east.

Stewart says the signs are frustrating for non-locals.

"People don't use those numbers, they use the names,” he said.

“And if they are driving down the highway, and suddenly they see the number 7 something, they end up in Surrey.”

Transportation Minister Mary Polak told Rick Cluff with CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition changes could be made.

“When you construct your signs and you put the wording on them, you are trying to not only provide information for a local audience, you are also trying to provide for people who are travelling, looking at a map, looking for a route,” she said.

“So it's a balance. Our staff tried very hard to get it right. But when we don't get it right, we want to hear about it and we always try to fix that.”

Stewart wants the province to post both the highway number and name on the signs to minimize confusion.

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