Launched in 2006, the Gateway Program was introduced to address growing congestion and reduce travel times. The existing Highway 1 corridor from Vancouver to Langley was one of the three priority corridors identified in the Gateway Program. Built in the early 1960s when the population of Greater Vancouver was 800,000, it now serves as the only major east–west corridor for Greater Vancouver’s 2.5 million inhabitants, with the Port Mann Bridge alone carrying approximately 127,000 vehicles per day. Traffic had increased to the point where the bridge was congested, in both directions, 13 hours on an average weekday.
The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project is the largest transportation infrastructure project in B.C. history. It includes doubling the capacity of the bridge and widening the highway from Vancouver to Langley – a distance of 37 kilometers. Now completed, it reduces travel times by up to 30%, and saves drivers up to an hour a day.
Key features of the Project included extending the HOV lanes eastward into Langley, construction of transit and commercial vehicle priority access as well as improved and expanded cycling and pedestrian networks. The Project also allowed the reintroduction of public transit to a corridor that has been too congested to support reliable service for the past 20 years.
The tour will take you along Highway 1 and across the Port Mann Bridge showcasing the complicated interchanges along the route. There will be stops to discuss the complications and view the solutions the team provided. The tour will also include a visit to the Traffic Control Center. For further information, visit the Project Website.
There are currently 10 spots remaining so be sure to register and sign up for this tour!