The extra eastbound and westbound lanes added to Highway 1 west of the Port Mann Bridge to McGill Street as part of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project have begun to open.
Eastbound from Cassiar to Kensington opened on Sunday, December 15. Westbound from Willingdon to Cassiar opened on Monday, December 16.
On Tuesday, December 17, westbound from Kensington to Willingdon will open. Followed by eastbound from Kensington to Brunette on Thursday, December 19. Westbound from Brunette to Kensington will open on Friday, December 20.
The opening of these lanes are weather dependent, but the Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) expects all of them to be operational by Christmas.
This will bring the total number of lanes in each direction to four—three general purpose and one for high occupancy vehicles.
TI Corp estimates the extra lane will mean an extra 30 minutes of travel time savings per day on top of what was already created by the opening of the initial eight lanes of the Port Mann Bridge last December.
Crews will continue to work through 2014 to put final touches, complete the removal of the old Port Mann Bridge and widening the North and South approaches to the new Port Mann Bridge to open the final two lanes.