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Highway 1 Improvement Project to 2013

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Highway 1 Improvement Project to 2013

The Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) Improvement Project includes construction of a new Port Mann Bridge, widening the highway, upgrading interchanges and improving access and safety on Highway 1. The project spans a distance of approximately 37 kilometres from Vancouver to Langley. The new Port Mann Bridge is expected to be complete by 2012 and the whole project by 2013.

Expect slower speeds and congestion on this major travel artery into and out of Vancouver. To see how this project may affect your travels, here is the construction website, with maps, construction updates and technical info:


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1. Re: Highway 1 Improvement Project to 2013

Good idea to post this, Mufti!

There are some "back routes" to Highway 1 from the southern Metro Vancouver area. I'm just not sure, however, how much faster they would be for someone driving from downtown or the eastern Metro Vancouver area.

The "back routes" that I am aware of require that you drive south down Highway 99, through the Massey Tunnel and past the Highway 17 cutoff.

The first route would involve taking Highway 10 off Highway 99. That would mean a drive through Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley to entrance Highway 1 at the eastern edge of Langley. However, despite recent upgrades, Highway 10 can be quite slow at times because of the amount of traffic and the number of traffic lights.

The other route would involve more driving, but is more pleasant and actually moves quite quickly. You take the 8th Avenue cutoff from Highway 99 (Exit 2A, I think) and drive east to Highway 15 (176th Avenue). Turn left, drive up to 16th Avenue and turn right. 16th Avenue will take you to Highway 13 (turn left from 16th Avenue), which provides access to Highway 1 past the construction area (I believe). For those who wish to go further along country back roads, you can turn right at Highway 13, pick up 8th Avenue again and drive further on to Highway 11, which accesses Highway 1 even further east.

The Lougheed Highway, which becomes Highway 7 further out (I believe), runs along the north shore of the Fraser River as far out as Hope. It is a lovely drive once you get past Maple Ridge. It is very busy up to that point and may become even busier as drivers try alternatives to Highway 1.

For people heading from the southern part of Metro Vancouver to Maple Ridge, Mission and points east on the north shore of the Fraser, there is the Golden Ears toll bridge. If you follow my directions for getting onto Highway 15 from Highway 99, you head further north to the cutoff onto the Golden Ears Parkway. However, the sign (I think is says "Golden Ears Bridge" and is hung below another sign) for the turn is not well-marked and you have to keep your eyes open.

Hope this helps.

Edited: 23 July 2010, 19:58
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