LIKE As part of the Highway 99 tunnel program, construction is underway to modernize the Highway 99 corridor to make public transit more reliable and cycling more accessible.
“The extension of the dedicated shoulder bus lanes will make public transport travel faster and more reliable,” Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said Tuesday. “This is the first step in relieving traffic jams on the corridor leading to a new eight-lane toll-free tunnel. “
Southbound shoulder bus transit lanes are added to Hwy 99 between Hwy 17A and the Ladner Trunk Road exit ramp, and northbound from Ladner Trunk Road to the start of the multi-occupancy vehicle lane on Highway 99. Finally, they will connect to the new tunnel to improve transit reliability along the corridor.
The new tracks are expected to be completed in 2023. Some track closures may be required as construction progresses. For updates, drivers should check: DriveBC.ca
Construction of the Bridgeport Road bus connection and improvements to the Highway 99 / 17A interchange will also begin in early 2022. This part of the Highway 99 tunnel program includes the creation of a new multi-use path between the Oak Street Bridge and the Richmond the cycling and pedestrian network, improving the bicycle shuttle dropout on Highway 17A and improving cycling facilities along Highway 17A, including new shoulder straps and better connection to the existing network.
The Steveston interchange project is also part of the Highway 99 tunnel program, which will improve traffic congestion in the area when the new five-lane viaduct opens in 2025. This project is in phase of the request for proposals.
With a successful contract award this spring, construction of the Steveston interchange is expected to begin in summer 2022. The new interchange will improve connections for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, while removing the bottleneck current throttling.
For more information on the Highway 99 tunnel program, visit: www.masseytunnel.ca