The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working to keep traffic in the Lower Mainland moving, where the majority of British Columbians live and work.
The B.C. government will continue to invest in transportation infrastructure for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods. This is done to fix bottlenecks for cars, trucks, buses, commercial vehicles and emergency responders, and to grow green transportation and get people out of their cars by improving and expanding cycling routes, pedestrian facilities and public transit.
A number of projects to improve safety, mobility and efficiency are underway, and the Province will continue to identify and prioritize solutions to support the growing communities of Metro Vancouver.
Highlighted road and bridge projects:
- The B.C. government is moving forward with the construction of a $1.377-billion replacement for the Pattullo Bridge. The new four-lane crossing will provide a safer, modern connection across the Fraser River for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Rush hour relief is also coming, with the $70-million project to reduce congestion on the Alex Fraser Bridge. A seventh lane has been added and a counter-flow system using moveable barriers will be completed later this year.
- Early work for $245 million in highway and road improvement projects in Delta began in 2018. This project involves five major improvements along three key, interconnected gateway corridors, reducing travel times for container trucks serving Deltaport and better connecting communities south of the Fraser River. Included are upgrades to Highway 91, Highway 91 Connector, Highway 17 and Deltaport Way/27B Avenue. Once completed, these upgrades will increase capacity, efficiency and safety.
- The $198-million Highway 1/Lynn Interchanges project in North Vancouver is under construction with Phase 1 near completion and subsequent phases underway. Work includes building a westbound collector lane from Mount Seymour Parkway to Mountain Highway, a new bridge on each side of the existing Lynn Creek Bridge and an eastbound on-ramp from Mountain Highway onto Highway 1. Once complete, the upgrades will improve safety and traffic flow along Highway 1 between Mountain Highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, one of the biggest bottlenecks in the Lower Mainland.
- Work is ongoing on the $61.9-million Highway 1 six laning and 216th interchange project between 202nd and 216th streets in Langley. Another $205.5 million has been invested to widen the next 10 kilometres to 264th. When completed, there will be a 44-kilometre-long section of HOV lanes between Burnaby and Langley, to make cleaner options more convenient, available and affordable.
- Another $25.5-million project in Langley to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue, improve intersections and add new pedestrian and cycling facilities, which will provide additional capacity at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing, improving the movement of people and goods, and increasing tourism, trade and economic growth.
- The $22-million Mount Lehman Road four-laning project in Abbotsford will widen the route from two lanes to four with intersection improvements and enhanced lighting in order to accommodate pressures from projected growth in the local, regional and international economies over the next 25 years. This route serves as the primary access to the Abbotsford International Airport and connects the movement of people and goods to the Canada/U.S. border and beyond.
- A new congestion-based speed-limit system, the first use of this type of technology for B.C., is being installed on a 24-kilometre section of Highway 1 between Sumas River Bridge in Abbotsford and the Prest Road overpass in Chilliwack. It will adjust speeds before a traffic jam develops to reduce accidents as well as traffic delays.
- The Province recognizes that the Metro Vancouver area is experiencing growth-related congestion and transportation challenges that will only increase as more and more people move to the Lower Mainland. That is why government committed to fund 40% of the capital costs of the Mayors’ Council Vision to improve transit and transportation and is working closely with the Mayors’ Council and TransLink on their regional priorities.
- The ministry is delivering the $2.83-billion Broadway Subway project in Vancouver that will extend the existing SkyTrain line another 5.7 kilometres to Arbutus Street with six new stations.