LANGLEY B.C. - The British Columbia government has committed $113 million for Phase 2 of the Trans-Canada Six-Laning – Fraser Valley Project. This will be a federal-provincial-municipal project to six-lane the highway from 216th Street to 264th Street.
"This major highway widening project will improve safety, capacity and access on this important route that serves as the main east-west link for several Fraser Valley communities, such as Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Langley, connecting with the Lower Mainland and vice versa," said Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, in a statement.
The full project cost is estimated to be $235.5 million. The provincial government is seeking funding contributions from the Government of Canada and the Township of Langley. Design work is expected to start in the fall of 2017.
This project is building off of Phase 1 of the project, which is already underway. Crews are mobilizing, and will soon start work to six-lane the highway between 202nd Street and 216th Street. The long-term objective is to six-lane the Highway 1 corridor between 202nd Street and Whatcom Road (Highway 11) in Abbotsford.
Phase 2 of the project will include:
- eight kilometres of six-laning on Highway 1 between 216th Street and 264th Street;
- replacement of the 232nd Street interchange with a modern interchange;
- replacement of the Glover Road overpass with a modern structure;
- removal and construction of a new CP Rail crossing; and
- building a new commercial truck parking facility on Highway 17 under the Port Mann Bridge (Highway 17 North Surrey Truck Parking Facility).
More than 700 jobs are expected to be created over the life of the corridor improvement project.
Highway 1 serves as the primary east-west corridor serving and connecting the Lower Mainland to the rest of B.C. This segment of Highway 1 has a daily traffic volume of more than 80,000 vehicles. Of these vehicles, about 6,000 on this stretch are commercial trucks carrying goods and cargo.
During weekday peak periods, this segment of Highway 1 has significant traffic congestion, resulting in 1.2 million hours of annual delay to commuters, commercial traffic and tourists due to heavy traffic through the corridor, explains a release.
The Trans-Canada Six-Laning – Fraser Valley Project is a priority investment in B.C. on the Move, the Province's 10-year transportation strategy.
Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and its partners will be investing over $4.6 billion in priority investments to improve B.C.'s transportation network.