MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Major upgrade work will begin this fall on increasing the final undivided two-lane section of Highway 7 to four lanes between Maple Ridge and Mission.
The province has put the $106.41 million project out to tender.
“The widening of Highway 7 is going to bring relief to thousands of commuters. I am pleased to see it clear this milestone,” said Harjit Sajjan, federal minister of international development, in a statement.
Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, explained that last November’s major storm event underscored the importance of Highway 7 to the region.
“Highway 7 is a major east-west connector, and the upgrade we’re starting this year will make it safer and more reliable for everyone in the Maple Ridge-Mission area,” he said.
The province noted traffic congestion on Highway 7 between 266th Street and 287th Street in Maple Ridge has been a growing concern.
The project will include:
- widening of Highway 7 from two to four lanes with a centre median barrier from 287th Street to 266th Street;
- widening highway shoulders to two metres in both directions over the length of the project to provide safer options for cyclists and pedestrians;
- installing a new centre median barrier on the existing four-lane highway from west of Spilsbury Road to 266th Street;
- two strategically located vehicle turnarounds (including one with traffic signals) to help maintain safe and efficient access to all properties along the corridor; and
- upgrading three intersections with traffic signals at 272nd Street, 280th Street and 287th Street.