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Highway 99 upgrades enhance transit, cycling routes in Delta

DCN-JOC News Services
Highway 99 upgrades enhance transit, cycling routes in Delta

DELTA, B.C. – Highway 99 commuters can expect faster travel with newly completed bus-on-shoulder lanes and other transit enhancements, announced Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure.

These improvements, located south of the George Massey Tunnel in Delta, aim to provide quicker and more reliable journeys for transit users.

The project includes extending the southbound bus-on-shoulder lane from Highway 17A to Ladner Trunk Road and the northbound lane from Ladner Trunk Road to 80th Street. This expansion connects with existing lanes, allowing buses a separate travel path, thereby easing general traffic congestion.

The upgrades integrate with the upcoming eight-lane, toll-free Massey Tunnel replacement.

Key completed projects include the Bridgeport Road bus connection and improvements to the Highway 99 and 17A off-ramp. The Bridgeport connection, finished in October 2022, offers faster transit from Bridgeport Road to Highway 99 and features a new signalized intersection on Sea Island Way for bus priority and pedestrian safety.

The upgraded Highway 99 and 17A off-ramp, also completed in October 2022, has eased traffic flow and congestion. It includes extended and widened northbound off-ramps and upgraded bike shuttle stops at the George Massey Tunnel.

According to a recent press release, these improvements are part of the broader Highway 99 Tunnel Program, which encompasses the new Steveston Interchange and the eight-lane, toll-free immersed tube tunnel. The new tunnel, replacing the George Massey Tunnel, will feature dedicated vehicle and transit lanes and a separate active transportation corridor for cyclists and pedestrians. The Fraser River Tunnel Project is currently in the procurement phase.

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