Improvements will soon get underway on a number of busy intersections along the Haney Bypass corridor in Maple Ridge, which will significantly improve safety for people travelling through this area.
The Haney Bypass improvement project will be advertised for tender this week on BC Bid, with work expected to begin in spring 2019.
Since the public engagement session in January 2018, the ministry has been working in collaboration with the City of Maple Ridge to come up with the modified design at the intersection of Highway 7 and 222nd Street that meets the ministry’s safety and technical standards.
As a result of these discussions, the design has been slightly modified to include a single, unsignalized right-turn lane from Lougheed Highway onto Haney Bypass while retaining the left-turn lanes at this intersection, which was important to the community of Maple Ridge.
With the other improvements at the 222nd Street intersection, including dual left-turn lanes from Haney to Lougheed, raised concrete medians to separate opposing traffic, improved lighting and a multi-use pathway along Lougheed, there will be significant safety and mobility benefits for everyone travelling this route.
Other improvements on Haney Bypass include a new traffic signal at Callaghan Avenue, elimination of the left turnout at 225th Street and additional turn lanes at Kanaka Way. A bi-directional three-metre-wide cycling and pedestrian path along the north side of the Lougheed Highway from 220th to 222nd streets will also be constructed, as well improvements to sidewalks near Callaghan Avenue.
The overall project is expected to be completed by July 2020. The project design can be seen on the Haney Bypass engagement website: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/haneybypass
These Highway 7 upgrades are part of an overall $70-million strategy for the Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission corridor.