ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Fraser Valley’s Highway 1, a critical artery for over 80,000 daily commuters and annual goods movement worth $65 billion, is embarking on a expansion to ease congestion and foster sustainable transport.
The current work, starting east of 264th Street, includes median preparation for new HOV/electric vehicle lanes and other multimodal enhancements, involving utility relocation, soil removal and tree clearing.
With a $2.34 billion budget, this expansion is a part of the Fraser Valley Highway 1 Corridor Improvement Program’s Phase 3A. This phase features the redevelopment of the 264th Street Interchange and includes active transportation improvements, truck parking and public transit enhancements, set to commence in 2024.
Phase 3A also encompasses the Mt. Lehman Interchange upgrade, highway widening and the Bradner Road overpass replacement, with tenders expected in 2024 and completion by 2029. Concurrently, Phase 2 is progressing, including the new Glover Road overpass, due for completion in summer 2024.
Looking ahead, plans include a new interchange at 232nd Street, additional highway widening for HOV lanes, and replacing the CP Rail overhead.
Early 2024 will see the initiation of further expansions between Mt. Lehman Road and Highway 11, marking the start of a fourth phase focusing on climate-resilient infrastructure through Sumas Prairie into Chilliwack.
Running alongside flood-mitigation strategies, a $30 million planning study is underway, assessing future improvements along the Trans-Canada Highway from Sumas Prairie to Chilliwack, aiming to bolster infrastructure resilience and efficiency.