The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure makes strategic investments in British Columbia to create safer and more reliable transportation networks, drive strong economic growth and enable trade. The ministry works closely with the Government of Canada to leverage federal funding opportunities to help deliver infrastructure improvement projects for the betterment of B.C.
Key investments in provincial transportation infrastructure include:
- With $245.2 million in joint funding from the Government of B.C. and the Government of Canada, Delta and Surrey will receive a series of road and highway improvements, reducing travel times for container trucks serving Deltaport and better connecting communities south of the Fraser River. Construction is expected to start this year and will be completed by 2021, generating $194 million in economic benefit and an estimated 745 direct construction jobs over the course of the project. The project will also create economic and employment opportunities for the Tsawwassen First Nation.
- The George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, estimated at $3.5 billion, includes construction of a new 10-lane (eight lanes plus two dedicated transit/HOV lanes) bridge, Highway 99 improvements between Bridgeport Road in Richmond and Highway 91 in Delta, and three new highway interchanges.
- The $3.3-billion Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, completed in 2012, helped alleviate one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in B.C. by cutting rush hour commutes by up to 50%. In addition to the new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, the project included widening Highway 1, upgrading interchanges and improving access and safety along 37 km of road between Vancouver and Langley.
- The four-phased $198-million Lower Lynn Corridor Interchanges Improvement project – with a provincial contribution of $76.7 million – is a key component of B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year plan to improve the province’s transportation network, and is designed to break apart one of Metro Vancouver’s worst traffic bottlenecks on Highway 1 just north of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge.
- In 2009, the B.C. government completed the $600-million Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project with significant improvements along this corridor, which have made this vital route a much safer and more reliable connection to the communities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and more. Public safety has been improved significantly, with more passing lanes, smoother curves, better sightlines, median barrier, reflective pavement markings and more effective intersections.
- The Province of B.C. contributed $586 million to the recently completed $1.431 billion Evergreen rapid transit extension that now connects the cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby to Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system.
- Highway 1 through Kicking Horse Canyon will be realigned and expanded to four lanes with median barriers and widened shoulders for a total project cost of $450 million – of which the Province is contributing $235 million. Once completed, this project will improve safety, access and traffic flow for motorists.
- The $1.26-billion South Fraser Perimeter Road project now connects Highway 15 (176th Street) in North Surrey to southwest Delta, removing container truck traffic from community streets and providing a faster route to Deltaport and the ferries. The Province contributed $916 million to the project.
- $440 million for two phases of widening and safety improvements to Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George. An additional $200 million has been committed for a third phase of Cariboo Connector improvements.
- The $144.5-million William R. Bennett Bridge over Okanagan Lake between Kelowna and West Kelowna opened in 2008.
Since 2001, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has invested in the following upgrades to transportation infrastructure:
- 22,773 km of road resurfacing
- 553 bridges repaired or replaced
- 234 km of multi-laning
- 91 intersection improvements
- 33 new interchanges
- 40 passing lanes
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