Roads & Paving
Next phase of Highway 1 widening in Fraser Valley kicks off
November 29, 2023 By Rock to Road Staff
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Fraser Valley Highway 1 Corridor Improvement Program, a large-scale highway widening initiative between Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, has entered into its next phase.
As Phase 3A of the project begins, crews are preparing to add an HOV lane to the stretch of Highway 1 between 264 Street and Mount Lehman Road. Work will also include the addition of a new interchange at 264 Street.
British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation has approved a budget of $2.34 billion for this segment of the program. Site preparation work is currently underway for the next phase of the project, which will take place between Mt. Lehman Road and Highway 11 (Sumas Way) early next year.
Phase 2 of the initiative is currently underway and expected to be completed by next summer. This includes widening between 216 Street and 264 Street, along with the addition of a new overpass at Glover Road.
With this stretch’s history of gridlocked traffic, work on this corridor is long overdue, according to Abbotsford Mayor Ross Siemens. Once completed, Siemens looks forward to the increased movement of goods and people that the additional lanes will create.
“Anytime that we can get that corridor widened and moving with goods and services out of the cultural and economy hub of the Fraser Valley is always positive news,” Siemens said. “The pressures are quite pronounced, just at any time at the day, but especially anytime between six in the morning to at least six at night.”
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