Several stretches of highway in the Surrey area are about to get a new look as work begins on a $5.2 million highway rehabilitation project for highways 10, 15, 91 and 99.
“As part of our commitment through B.C. on the Move, we are making sure we keep provincial highways, bridges and side roads in good condition, which is key to a safe and reliable transportation network,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “We are headed into another busy construction season with many projects underway in the Lower Mainland as this region continues to see growth in population and the economy.”
The rehabilitation work contract was awarded to Lafarge Canada Inc. The work is scheduled to begin in early July with completion slated for September 2016. In total, 25 kilometres of highway will be resurfaced by milling/filling the existing pavement.
Crews will resurface the following stretches of highway: 10 kilometres on the Pacific Highway (Highway 15) in the Samhill area, 10 kilometres on the Ladner-Langley Highway (Highway 10) in the Panorama area, 2 kilometres on the Richmond East/West Connector Highway (Highway 91) in the No. 6 Road area, and 3 kilometres on the Vancouver-Blaine Highway (Highway 99) in the 152nd Street area.
“Surrey is one of the fastest growing communities in the province and it is vital to maintain our current roads and highways,” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux. “It is part of our strategy to complement new infrastructure that will eventually improve traffic flow and relieve traffic congestion.”
"Highway 91, a major freeway which connects Richmond, Delta and New Westminster, has become busier as the population of Richmond grows. I am glad that rehabilitation work can be done, which increases road safety and helps bring people back home safely," said Richmond East MLA Linda Reid.
B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest up to $2.7 billion to improve B.C.’s transportation network.
As part of this plan, the B.C. government will invest $380 million over three years to resurface provincial highways. Highway resurfacing includes conventional paving, hot-in-place recycle paving (an environmentally-friendly, made-in-B.C. technology), and sealcoating for lower volume rural highways. This investment program is the main component of the government’s strategy to resurface 1,000 kilometres of provincial highway annually.
Read about B.C. on the Move: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/
For more on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: http://www.tranbc.ca