Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack slated to reopen today

Nov 25 2021, 9:00 pm

The stretch of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack will reopen to drivers on Thursday at 2 pm.

The announcement was made by BC Transporation Minister Rob Flemming. Officials announced it would be open to drivers ahead of DriveBC’s estimated reopening of 9 pm.

“This will provide a lot of welcome congestion relief and mobility for the region and I want to thank people for their patience over the past several days,” Fleming says.

He warns, however, that reduced speed limits will be in effect and drivers are asked to exercise patience. The interchange at No. 3 Road will also remain inaccessible due to closures on the road network.

The reopening will connect the Lower Mainland to Highway 3 and the Interior. It’s also expected to help reduce congestion on Highway 7.

Highway 1 will not be included in the non-essential travel order but drivers are being asked to consider whether their trips are “necessary.”

Closures may also be necessary if safety or weather issues occur. Southern parts of the region will see up to 50 mm of rain by tomorrow, with strong winds near the water.

Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley has been closed for more than a week due to the devastating flooding. Restrictions on non-essential travel are also in effect on certain highways across the province.

With files from Amanda Wawryk, Zoe Demarco

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