MAPLE RIDGE – Investing in urban transportation networks helps build a solid foundation for more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable cities. These investments also reduce congestion and help get Canadians and their families to and from their destinations safely and efficiently.
Today, Doug Bing, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA, and Marc Dalton, Maple Ridge-Mission MLA, on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia, announced joint funding, with the Government of Canada of $28.5- million to make significant improvements to the Haney Bypass on Highway 7 through Maple Ridge, and upgrades to the highway through Pitt Meadows to make merging onto and off the highway safer for motorists.
Intersection improvements will be made along the Haney Bypass at the four most critical areas of congestion. The work includes reconfiguration of the intersection of Highway 7 and 222nd and reconfiguration of the intersection of Highway 7 and Kanaka Way, to create safer intersections for traffic travelling in both directions. The intersections of Highway 7 at Callaghan Avenue and Highway 7 at 227th Street will receive new traffic signals. These improvements will cost $22.3 million.
In Pitt Meadows, the eastbound right turn lane on Highway 7 at Harris Road will be extended. This will create a continuous auxiliary lane between Allan Way and Harris Road, which will allow commercial vehicles to enter onto Highway 7 from Allan Way (CPR Yard) with enough distance to increase speed and merge with highway traffic. This improvement will cost $6.2 million.
These upgrades are a part of an overarching strategy to boost safety and capacity along Highway 7 from Pitt Meadows to Mission. The federal government and the B.C. government have jointly committed to $70-million for the full corridor enhancement project, to accommodate increasing traffic demands and regional growth in this area. The improvements are expected to be completed by winter 2018/19. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created over the life of the corridor enhancement project.
Doug Bing, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for British Columbia –
“The Haney Bypass is a key part of Highway 7, and right now, it’s clogged with traffic congestion especially during peak times. We want to get the traffic moving again and improve safety for all motorists. These upgrades are necessary and will be valued by the local community, especially those who use Highway 7 on their daily commutes to work or school. The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure, through which a reliable and efficient transportation network is continually being improved. These projects are creating high paying, family supporting jobs that are benefiting families across the province. Through these strategic investments, we are building a brighter future for B.C.”
Marc Dalton, Pitt Meadows-Mission MLA
“Today’s transportation infrastructure announcements are great news for local residents and for those travelling through our growing communities. These Lougheed Highway improvements worth tens of millions of dollars will really help commuters driving through Maple Ridge, Mission and Pitt Meadows.”
- For the $70-million safety and capacity improvement project from Pitt Meadows to Mission, the Government of Canada is contributing $22.45 million through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund, and the Government of B.C. is contributing $47.55 million as part of B.C. on the Move.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.