Significant upgrades are planned for Highway 91, the South Fraser Perimeter Road portion of Highway 17, and Deltaport Way, which would essentially turn the highways south of the Alex Fraser Bridge into free-flow routes.
The provincial government is planning to remove two traffic light-controlled intersections – between Highway 17 and Highway 91 Connector, and between Highway 91 and Nordel Way. Both intersections will be replaced with interchanges.
For the new Highway 91 and Nordel Way interchange, there will be direct ramps to-and-from Delta, improved acceleration and deceleration lanes, and additional through-lanes for Nordel Way traffic crossing over Highway 91.
The interchange at Highway 17 and Highway 91 will also serve to eliminate the need for an at-grade rail crossing to access the highway.
As well, upgrades are planned for the access between 27B Avenue and Deltaport Way, with a smoother, safer merge for westbound traffic. Further down on 27B Avenue between Deltaport Way and 41B Street, the roadway will be widened to improve access to industrial lands and the Canadian Border Service Agency’s container examination facility.
Highway 17, Highway 91, and Highway 17 are major routes for commercial traffic leading to and from the port facilities along the Fraser River and Deltaport. According to the provincial government, this project is moving forward to improve local and commercial traffic travel time and reliability, and reduce conflicts between commercial vehicles and other traffic.
Preliminary construction is anticipated to begin later this summer for a scheduled opening in 2023. It is the largest upgrade to the $1.26-billion South Fraser Perimeter Road, which was only completed five years ago.
The cost of the upcoming project is pegged at $245 million, with $81.6 million provided by the federal government, $80 million by the provincial government, $80 million by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and $3 million by the Tsawwassen First Nation.
This project complements the recently completed interchange between Highway 91 and 72 Avenue and the under-construction new counterflow lane for the Alex Fraser Bridge.
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