VANCOUVER - The Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada announced recently $70 million in funding for construction of a seventh lane on the Alex Fraser Bridge in Metro Vancouver.
The lane is intended to reduce congestion and will be added by lightly narrowing the six existing lanes and removing shoulders.
A movable barrier will be added to allow four northbound lanes of traffic during rush hour and will be repositioned to allow four lanes southbound for the afternoon rush hour.
Thirteen electronic signs will also be placed at various points on Lower Mainland highways to update commuters on crossing delays for all Fraser River crossings including the Alex Fraser Bridge.
The federal government is contributing up to $33.9 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund and B.C. is contributing the remaining $36.1 million as part of its B.C. On The Move program.
"This project will help cut congestion on the Alex Fraser Bridge, which is important for commuters, for local businesses and for our trucking industry. Projects like this create high-paying, family-supporting jobs and through these strategic investments in our transportation infrastructure, we're building a brighter future for B.C. — together," said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone in a statement.
The project is estimated for completion by spring 2018.
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