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Highway 7 upgrades coming through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows


March 3, 2017
By Government of B.C.

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March 3, 2017 – Investing in urban transportation networks helps build a solid foundation for more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable cities.

Such investments reduce congestion, create economic growth opportunities and help get Canadians to and from their destinations safely and efficiently.

Today, Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Doug Bing, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA, on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia; announced joint funding of $28.5 million to make significant improvements to Highway 7 through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure help connect people, and create growth and middle class jobs,” said Ruimy, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This major investment in Highway 7 through Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will benefit residents, businesses and tourists, while fostering long-term prosperity across the region. We will continue working in close collaboration with British Columbia to ensure that we make smart infrastructure investments that help build the Canada of tomorrow.”

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In Maple Ridge, intersection improvements will be made along the Haney Bypass at the four critical areas of congestion. The work includes reconfiguration of the intersection of Highway 7 and 222nd Street, and reconfiguration of the intersection of Highway 7 and Kanaka Way, to increase safety for drivers travelling in both directions. The intersections of Highway 7 at Callaghan Avenue and Highway 7 at 227th Street will receive new traffic signals. These improvements will cost $22.3 million.

In Pitt Meadows, the eastbound right turn lane on Highway 7 at Harris Road will be extended. This will create a continuous auxiliary lane between Allan Way and Harris Road, which will allow commercial vehicles to enter onto Highway 7 from Allan Way (CPR Yard) with enough distance to increase speed and safely merge with highway traffic. This improvement will cost $6.2 million.

Once completed, these projects will improve safety, access and traffic flow for local residents, tourists and commercial drivers.

“The Haney Bypass is a key part of Highway 7, and right now, it’s clogged with traffic congestion especially during peak times,” said Doug Bing, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA,on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia. We want to get the traffic moving again and improve safety for all motorists. These upgrades are necessary and will be valued by the local community, especially those who use Highway 7 on their daily commutes to work or school. The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure, through which a reliable and efficient transportation network is continually being improved. Through these strategic investments, we are building a brighter future for B.C.”