In Metro Vancouver, where the population in B.C. is the greatest, it’s especially important to keep the traffic moving – to fix the bottlenecks and to help cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, buses, and commercial vehicles stay safe and efficient on our corridors.
Our vision is for a transportation system that includes highways, bridges and roads that move people and goods safely and efficiently, improved cycling and pedestrian facilities, and reliable public transit to connect multiple communities through a greener, cleaner mode of transport.
- Construction is expected to start this year on the $245.2 million highway and road improvement project in Delta and Surrey, to reduce travel times for container trucks serving Deltaport and better connect communities south of the Fraser River. This project involves five major improvements along three key, interconnected gateway corridors. 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 as truck and passenger traffic is expected to grow along these important trade corridors. Construction is expected to be completed by 2021.
- The $70-million Highway 7 Corridor Enhancement project will go to tender this spring, with construction starting this summer. The project includes major safety improvements to the Haney Bypass (four key intersections will receive upgrades). The project also includes four-laning the highway from Silverdale Avenue to Nelson Street in Mission (with median barrier installed), as well as the extension of the eastbound right turning lane on Highway 7 at Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. The full project is slated for completion by the winter of 2018.
- The “cut the congestion” plan for the Alex Fraser Bridge on Highway 91 is underway. Work has started on the $30-million interchange project at Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue, and the project is expected to be complete in 2018. Once built, the interchange will be a half-diamond configuration, which will eliminate the only remaining traffic signal on the Highway 91 corridor, a current choke-point for traffic. The ministry has also announced a $70-million project to improve capacity and reduce congestion on the Alex Fraser Bridge, by reconfiguring the six lane bridge to seven lanes, and adding a counter-flow system using moveable barriers.
- The Evergreen extension was officially opened in December 2016. The $1.431 billion project (funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of B.C. and TransLink) has been delivered between $70 million and $85 million under the budget set in 2008. The 11-kilometer Evergreen extension runs fully separated from traffic. With seven stations that include bus connections, parking, and bicycle facilities, this is a significant new link to Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain System.
- Construction on the $3.5-billion George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project has now started, with the new bridge expected to open in 2022, followed by the decommissioning of the tunnel. The plan includes building a new 10-lane bridge with Highway 99 improvements between Bridgeport Road in Richmond and Highway 91 in Delta, dedicated transit/HOV lanes and a multiuse pathway for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Construction on the $59-million Highway 1 – six laning and 216th interchange project in Langley has now started. This project includes widening Highway 1 from four lanes to six lanes between 202nd and 216th streets, by adding one additional general-purpose lane both eastbound and westbound. In addition, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramps will be extended to and from 202nd Street. Once constructed, the new 216th Street interchange will have six lanes total, with four travel lanes and two left-turning lanes between the ramps. Access to Highway 1 at 216th Street will now be gained through two signalized intersections. This project will help alleviate congestion and get traffic moving.
- Construction has started on the $198-million Highway 1/Lynn Interchanges project. Work includes the construction of a westbound collector lane from Mount Seymour Parkway to Mountain Highway, a new two-lane bridge on each side of the existing Lynn Creek Bridge, and an eastbound on-ramp from Mountain Highway onto Highway 1. Completion of all four phases of this project is expected in spring 2021. 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.
- The $25.5 million project to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue to five lanes will go to tender in the summer, and construction will start once the contract is awarded. The highway upgrades will provide additional capacity at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing to improve movement of people and goods, and increase tourism, trade, and economic growth.
Many major infrastructure projects have already been completed and are improving safety, mobility and efficiency on Metro Vancouver corridors every day.
- The $7-million Stanley Park Causeway Improvement Project officially opened in February 2016 along a 2.2-kilometre segment of Highway 99 that provides direct access to Stanley Park. This state-of-the-art cycling and pedestrian facility improves safety for all road users. A safety fence separates cyclists and pedestrians from traffic on both sides of the Causeway, and both sidewalks have been widened.
- The $3.3-billion Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project was fully completed in 2015, cutting rush hour commutes in half. The 10-lane cable-stayed Port Mann Bridge doubles the capacity of the former five-lane bridge. This project also included 37 kilometres of highway widening from Vancouver to Langley, including new HOV lanes, and the replacement of nine highway interchanges.
- The $1.26-billion Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) is serving traffic with a four-lane expressway along the south side of the Fraser River. This highway extends from Deltaport Way to 176th Street in Surrey. The eastern portion opened to traffic in 2012 and the western section opened in 2013. This highway serves to alleviate traffic congestion and it offers a faster, easier route to and from the ferries.
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