Drivers are being warned to prepare for delays of up to three hours between West Vancouver and Whistler on Saturday.
The traffic headaches are due to road closures in effect for the RBC GranFondo Whistler, a popular cycling event that happens on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. The event features riders from 45 different countries and is anywhere from 55 to 152 km in length.
4,500 participating cyclists will begin their journey travelling over the Lions Gate Bridge, up Taylor Way and Cypress Bowl Road, along the Upper Levels Highway and Sea-to-Sky Highway, before finishing in Whistler.
According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the delays will take place between 5:30 am and 4:30 pm Saturday.
Motorists in the area are being told to plan their trip well in advance, to obey all traffic control personnel, to exercise extra caution, and to be prepared to stop.
The following traffic changes, detours, and delays will be in effect this weekend.
Vancouver and West Vancouver:
- The Stanley Park Causeway and Lions Gate Bridge will be closed to northbound traffic from 5:30 to 8 am. One southbound lane will remain open on the Lions Gate Bridge.
- Access to Stanley Park Drive from Georgia Street will be closed 3 to 8 am.
- Marine Drive between Capilano Road and Taylor Way will be closed westbound with the exception of some buses. Vehicle traffic will be required to detour to Lower Capilano Road, Welch Street, Wardance Street, and Taylor Way between 5:30 and 8 am.
- Access to Taylor Way between Marine Drive and Highway 1 will be closed fro 5:30 to 8 am.
- Cypress Bowl Road will be closed from Highway 1 between 5:30 and 8:30 am, with the exception for local traffic.
- Cypress Bowl Road will also be closed to southbound traffic from 7:15 to 8:15 am
- Two eastbound lanes on Highway 1 will be closed between Taylor Way and Horseshoe Bay between 5:30 and 10:00 am. Motorists will be required to use Marine Drive Eastbound instead.
- Eastbound ferry traffic and local traffic leaving Horseshoe Bay eastbound will be re-routed through Marine Drive between 5:30 and 10 am.
- Highway 99 traffic moving southbound will be detoured at the Pasco Road exit via the Old Highway 99 route from 5 to 11 am.
- A detour will be in effect for westbound traffic on Highway 1 and northbound on Highway 99 between 5:30 and 11 am.
- On Highway 99, single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect between Horseshoe Bay to Tunnel Point, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, and Britannia Beach.
- Murrin Lake Park to Squamish will have traffic signals and traffic control personnel.
- Valley Drive to Depot Road on Highway 99 will be heavily affected. Traffic to and from the east side of Highway 99 will be restricted between 8:30 and 10:30 am. Right turns northbound and left turns southbound will not be permitted on the highway until after 10:30 am.
- Highway 99 from Alta Lake Road to Function Junction will see counterflow traffic in effect until 4 pm. During this time, cyclists will occupy the northbound slow lane. One lane moving in each direction will be open for motorists.
- Function Junction to Village Gate Boulevard in Whistler will see flashing signals and intermittent stops at the entrances and exits to key points in Whistler.
- Alta Lake Road will be available as an alternative route to and from Highway 99.
- Blackcomb Way West will be closed in both directions.
- Village Gate Boulevard will be closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Highway 99.
- Delays are expected on Whistler Way.
- Traffic control personnel will be on-site the Northlands Boulevard at Village Gate until 4:30 pm.