A milestone has been reached on the Highway 13 widening project, with the south section of the project completed and all five lanes open to traffic at the Aldergrove-Lynden border crossing.
This advancement will make travel safer and save time for people who live and work in the region, as well as commercial truck drivers and international travellers.
There are now two lanes northbound and three southbound, including a separate commercial vehicle lane, one passenger vehicle lane and a future Nexus lane that is open to general purpose traffic.
The completed portion of work also includes the 3B Avenue east-west connection between Highway 13 and 264th Street, with a traffic signal at Highway 13 to provide safe access. There are also wider paved shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists.
Remaining work involves four-laning the highway to 8th Avenue, upgrading the intersection at Highway 13/8th Avenue, and completing extensive slope stabilization works using up to 300 soil anchors. The ministry anticipates final paving to occur by early spring 2020, at which time this section will open to four lanes.
- The south end of Highway 13 is one of five Canada-U.S. border crossings in the Lower Mainland.
- Highway 13 becomes State Route 539 south of the border, continuing to Bellingham, Wash.
- 6,000 vehicles use this section of highway each day in the summer peak season.
- The $25.5-million project is cost shared, with the Government of Canada committing $10 million and the Province providing the remaining $15.5 million.