Governments of Canada and British Columbia celebrate upcoming Highway 91 interchange project
November 10, 2016 – Delta, British Columbia
Today, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.) are celebrating the upcoming start of construction of the $30-million interchange project at Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue in Delta.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Delta, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Scott Hamilton, B.C. MLA for Delta North, on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, gathered in Delta to unveil the design concept for the interchange.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $10-million through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund and the B.C. government is contributing $20 million towards the project.
The interchange will increase safety and relieve traffic congestion by creating free-flow traffic both northbound and southbound on the highway, with on and off ramps connecting Highway 91 to 72nd Avenue. The interchange has been designed to minimize impacts to traffic and ensure free-flow conditions during construction.
"Transportation and distribution are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. It’s critical that we provide for the smooth and safe movement of people and goods to foster economic growth and take advantage of the trade opportunities offered by Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway. This project will increase capacity, reduce logistics costs, and improve access for local industries, while providing a much safer and more efficient drive for shippers, tourists and other motorists."
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Delta, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
"The replacement of the traffic signalized crossing with an interchange will cut down on congestion, bringing safety and efficiency upgrades to this key corridor. The Highway 91 corridor is a major trade corridor linked to Asia-Pacific trade – so it’s important to increase safety and efficiency by replacing the traffic signal with an interchange. These improvements will reduce traffic queues and better serve this growing region, helping B.C. to build on its economic successes."
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Delta North, on behalf of the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
- Once built, the interchange will be a half-diamond configuration, which will eliminate the only remaining traffic signal on the Highway 91 corridor, a current choke-point for traffic. The interchange will also help establish Highway 91 as the preferred cross border north-south route for commercial vehicles.
- Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd. is the successful bidder for this construction project. Crews will mobilize in mid-December, with construction to start shortly after, and completion is anticipated by December 2018.
- The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been working in close collaboration with the Burns Bog Scientific Advisory Panel to maintain the ecological integrity of Burns Bog and its surrounding area. Many of recommendations put forward by the panel have been integrated into the interchange design, such as maintaining water levels within the Bog to ensure the sustainability of plant growth and mitigation of fire risk.
- Transportation 2030 – The Government of Canada’s Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada
- Learn more about B.C. on the Move, government's 10-year transportation plan
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