DELTA, B.C. – Construction is underway on upgrades to the Highway 99 corridor to increase transit reliability and cycling accessibility.
The work is part of the Highway 99 Tunnel Program, a new, eight-lane immersed tube tunnel (ITT) that will replace the existing George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99.
“Extending bus-on-shoulder lanes will make trips by transit quicker and more reliable. This is the first step to provide relief to traffic congestion on the corridor leading to a new eight-lane toll-free tunnel,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming in a statement.
Southbound bus-on-shoulder transit lanes are being added to Highway 99 between Highway 17A and the Ladner Trunk Road off-ramp, and northbound from Ladner Trunk Road to the existing start of the high-occupancy vehicle lane on Highway 99, with an eventual tie-in to the new tunnel.
Construction of the Bridgeport Road bus connection and improvements to the Highway 99/17A interchange will also get underway early in 2022, including creation of a new multi-use pathway from the Oak Street Bridge into the Richmond cycling and pedestrian network, improvements to the bicycle shuttle pullout on Highway 17A and improvements to cycling facilities along Highway 17A, including new ramp crossings.
The Steveston Interchange Project is also part of the Highway 99 Tunnel Program and is in the request for proposals stage, with construction on the interchange planned to begin in summer 2022. The new interchange will improve connections for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, while addressing the current bottleneck.
The new lanes are expected to be complete in 2023.