LANGLEY- Construction will soon start on the Mufford/64th Ave at Highway 10 project to improve road safety and reduce the response time of emergency vehicles, while minimizing the impact on agriculture land in the Langley area. The Province has awarded the contract to Lafarge Canada.
The new rail overpass will also accommodate increasing volumes of international freight shipped through Lower Mainland communities, supporting the Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan goal of strengthening our infrastructure to get our goods to market.
Total funding for the project contributed by the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) partners is $51M:
- $12.5M from the province,
- $3.1M from federal government,
- $24M from TransLink,
- $9.3M from the Township of Langley, and
- $2.1M from Port Metro Vancouver.
The Mufford project in Langley will eliminate an at-grade rail crossing to improve safety and road network reliability, and reduce delays and traffic congestion. The project also includes various other improvements to the 64th Avenue corridor from 204 Street to 216 Street to provide better road network connectivity and improve access to Glover Road and Highway 10.
The Mufford project is also one of nine in the $307-million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) Program throughout the Lower Mainland designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve public safety.
The RBRC is expected to carry increasing volumes of goods from around the world that we use here every day, as well as Canadian exports and is a key part of B.C.'s growing trade with Asia through Canada's Pacific Gateway. Pacific Gateway partners have committed $22 billion to expand and enhance port, rail, road, and airport infrastructure in the Pacific Gateway to meet those growing demands.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak
"The Mufford overpass shows more progress on the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor improvements, which will reduce congestion and provide safer, more reliable access within communities along the corridor. It also means we can move our goods to markets, moving goods and people more efficiently."
Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman
"This overpass will increase safety for commuters, as well as function as a time-saver for people who use these routes on a daily basis. Furthermore, the Mufford overpass will boost our local economy, as it will provide a faster, more effective route."
The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor
- The RBRC program comprises eight overpasses and one railway siding in a 70-kilometre stretch that connects Roberts Bank, which contains Canada's largest container facility (Deltaport) and coal terminal (Westshore), within the North American rail network.
- This 70-kilometre international freight corridor carries up to 18 trains per day, many of them more than two kilometres long. The rail traffic is expected to increase to 28-38 trains per day by 2021.
- The RBRC Program is funded by 12 public and private partners: Transport Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink, Port Metro Vancouver, the Corporation of Delta, the City of Surrey, the City of Langley, the Township of Langley, CN, Canadian Pacific, BC Railway Company, and BNSF Railway.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure