Transit users, motorists benefit from Lougheed Highway upgrades

Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, July 29, 2011 – The upgraded HOV lane and transit improvements recently opened to commuters on the Lougheed Highway. Motorists and transit users will notice a more convenient and safer trip, as well as reduced traffic congestion.

Upgrades include the widening and extension of the westbound HOV lane between the Golden Ears Bridge and Harris Road, and the addition of bus queue jump lanes in both directions, at the Kennedy Road intersection leading to and from the Pitt River Bridge. Queue jump lanes on the Lougheed Highway are short, separate lanes at intersections that enable buses to safely bypass other lanes of traffic when travelling through intersections.

The total project cost is $20 million, with $12 million from the Province's Provincial Transit Plan and $8 million committed from the Government of Canada's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is supporting more than 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country. Since March 2009, a total federal investment of over $500 million has been committed to more than 430 projects under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund across British Columbia.

HOV (or High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes are for transit buses and vehicles carrying two or more passengers.

Quotes:

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages –

"As a result of these important upgrades, commuters will experience less traffic congestion and a safer, smoother drive. Through the Economic Action Plan, our Government is proud to invest in important projects like this which create local jobs, strengthen the economy, and make our roads safer."

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom –
"These improvements on the Lougheed Highway will make travel through this busy area more convenient and safer for motorists and buses. This project will make a real difference to people living in these busy communities as it provides better and faster travel options."

Quick Facts:

The HOV project on the Lougheed Highway includes these improvements:

  • A westbound HOV lane that begins west of Harris Road is now extended eastward for approximately 2 km to begin at Dewdney Trunk Road, past Golden Ears Way;
  • A new 32 inch-high centre median barrier on Lougheed Highway which improves safety for buses and other vehicles;
  • Bus queue jumps lanes have been added at the Kennedy Road intersection in eastbound and westbound directions;
  • Intersection improvements will be made to the Kennedy/Old Dewdney Trunk Road and Lougheed Highway intersection;
  • An additional left turn lane is for vehicles on Kennedy Road, destined for the Pitt River Bridge which will reduce commercial truck traffic travel time and help double the volume of commercial traffic getting through the light;
  • This project advances the objectives of the Provincial Transit Plan by building transit infrastructure to make taking transit more attractive to people. In 2008, the Province launched the plan to double transit ridership and reduce greenhouse gases by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively, all by 2020.

Learn More:

For further information on the Government of Canada's infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit Creating Jobs. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The Provincial Transit Plan British Columbia Provincial Transit Plan

Highway 7 HOV British Columbia Gateway Program

Contact:

Vanessa Schneider
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Jeff Knight
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-7707

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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