NORTH SURREY, B.C. — Crews have started work on a new $30-million commercial truck parking facility in North Surrey, B.C. to give commercial truck drivers in the Lower Mainland another spot to pull over and rest.
“Investing in highway and road infrastructure is critical to keeping Canadians safe while on the move for work, travel or other daily needs,” said Ken Hardie, MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, in a press release. “New parking will ensure truck drivers in the North Surrey area have a secure place to rest while transporting goods and materials for businesses and in support of the economy.”
The facility is being constructed on provincial land on the north side of Highway 17, below and just east of the Port Mann Bridge. When complete, the site will be able to accommodate roughly 100 trucks. The design includes washrooms, fencing, lighting and other security measures.
“This facility will help alleviate the shortage of commercial vehicle staging and parking in the Lower Mainland,” said Claire Trevena, B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure. “The North Surrey Truck Parking Facility will support the commercial transport industry by providing operators with a safe, convenient location to stop, take a break and turn off their engines.”
A $4.97-million contract for the first phase of work was won by Jacob Bros. Construction. This phase includes construction of a signalized intersection along Highway 17 to provide safe access to the new facility, as well as site excavation and preparation work.
“The addition of safe, convenient commercial truck parking on the Lower Mainland is something our association fully supports,” said Dave Earle, president and CEO of the BC Trucking Association. “It’s often difficult to find suitable parking for large transport trucks. Facilities like this make the job a bit easier for our members, knowing there’s appropriate parking available when it’s time to take a break.”
Phase two of the project, which includes the actual parking facility and amenities, will be tendered in 2021.
The pay for the project, the Government of Canada is contributing $13 million, with the remaining $17 million funded by B.C. The federal contribution is part of the larger $108.9-million Trans-Canada Highway 1 high-occupancy vehicle lane extension project under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects.