LANGLEY, B.C. — Construction is underway on a project aimed to help to move cross border traffic more efficiently and extend safety benefits to the local road networks from the Highway 13 Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have committed $25.5 million to widen a key portion of Highway 13 from two lanes to five lanes to increase capacity for cross border traffic.
The project costs will be shared between the two agencies, with the Government of Canada committing $10 million and the province providing the remaining $15.5 million, the release stated.
Tybo Contracting Ltd. of Langley was awarded the $15.27-million contract for the work that will finish in fall 2019.
“Highway 13 supports a growing community and a busy border crossing where people are often stuck in a traffic jam. We’re building more capacity to keep people and commercial traffic flowing without such long delays,” said Claire Trevena, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a release.
“Once complete, the new pedestrian and cycling amenities will help make greener transportation choices an attractive option and cut even more cars out of this congested corridor.”
The project engagement website describes the scope of work as upgrades to span Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue. Going southbound, the highway will be widened from one to three lanes to accommodate a separate NEXUS and commercial truck lane.
Going northbound, the highway will be widened from one to two lanes to accommodate a new truck climbing lane. In addition, a new east-west connection will be built at 3B Avenue.
Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne said the project is a strategic investment in transportation infrastructure that will improve traffic flow leading to the border crossing and is critical to reducing harmful emissions.
“By working closely with our provincial partners, we are helping the middle class thrive and building a brighter future for B.C. and all Canadians,” he said.