Highway 13 in Aldergrove to be widened to support cross-border traffic

News Release

August 9, 2016 – Aldergrove, British Columbia

Providing community residents and businesses with modern, reliable and sustainable public infrastructure opens doors to good jobs, helps create economic growth and fosters a strong middle class, and provides opportunities for a better quality of life to everyone.

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.) today announced a joint commitment of approximately $25.5 million to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue supporting border enhancements the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has recently implemented at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing. The Government of Canada is committing just over $10 million through the Building Canada Fund and the B.C. government is committing $15.5 million towards the project.

This project will reduce traffic congestion, facilitate better and more streamlined Canada/ United States border access for all traffic, and mitigate the impact of border crossing activities on the local road system. As local development in the area continues to grow, along with growth in cross-border activity, there is a need for additional capacity at the border crossing.

Expanding the capacity of our transportation network is critical to improving safety, attracting new investment and supporting economic growth. As outlined in B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government will invest approximately $1 billion over three years to ensure our network has the capacity and reliability to meet transport and trade needs, with maximum safety and minimal delays.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada has made an unprecedented commitment of more than $120 billion for public infrastructure projects across Canada through the Investing in Canada plan. These improvements to Highway 13 will reduce traffic congestion and truck idling, while improving safety for the thousands of travellers and shippers who use this roadway daily."
John Aldag
Member of Parliament for Cloverdale - Langley City on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of
Infrastructure and Communities

"This highway widening project will greatly improve the flow of traffic and goods through the busy Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing, meeting our government’s B.C. on the Move commitment to expand the capacity and reliability of our transportation network. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to improving highway safety, mobility, and connectivity, attracting new investment into B.C. and driving economic growth."
Rich Coleman
Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing and MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove,
on behalf of Todd Stone, British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

"These road improvements will ensure the efficient flow of travellers and commercial goods upon entry into Canada. This supports the Canada Border Services Agency’s commitment to better serve our communities, commercial importers and visitors to Canada."
Daniela Evans
Director, Pacific Highway District, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick Facts

  • In the southbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to three lanes, in order to accommodate a separate NEXUS and truck lane. These improvements on Highway 13 are expected to provide significant mobility benefits to travellers in terms of reduced wait times at the border and overall delays on the corridor. These upgrades will also cut down on vehicle idling at the border, providing positive environmental benefits.
  • In the northbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to two lanes to accommodate a truck climbing lane. In addition, crews will build a new two-lane east-west connection at 3B Avenue, extending from Highway 13 to 264th Street.
  • The upcoming improvements are expected to provide mobility and safety benefits to travellers and commercial traffic by creating more room to travel and decreasing traffic congestion. Importantly, the highway upgrades will provide additional capacity at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing to improve movement of people and goods, and to increase tourism and trade.
  • The infrastructure improvement project is in the design phase now, with the tender expected in spring 2017. Construction will start once the contract has been awarded.

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Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
Brook.Simpson@canada.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250-356-8241
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