the Cape horn exchange looking west

In 2006, the Province of British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure launched the Gateway Program, an important component of British Columbia’s Pacific Gateway Strategy. The existing Highway 1 corridor from Vancouver to Langley was one of three priority corridors identified in the Gateway Program. This corridor is the busiest and most economically critical route in Greater Vancouver. 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 has increased to the point where the bridge is congested, in both directions, 13 hours on an average weekday.

The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project was initiated as a key element of the Gateway Program to improve mobility for all modes of transportation in the Highway 1 corridor. The goals of the Project include reducing congestion and travel time; improving safety and accessibility; facilitating transit service; and expanding networks and transportation choice for high occupancy vehicles (HOV), cyclists and pedestrians.

Key features of the Project include 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 will also allow the reintroduction of public transit to a corridor that has been too congested to support reliable service for the past 20 years.

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. Once complete it will reduce travel times by up to 30%, and save drivers up to an hour a day.

the cape horn exchange looking east

Major challenges of this project include geo-technical, tight geometric configurations and safety due to the highly constrained rights-of way. More information about the project can be found at

The tour will also include a visit to the Traffic Control Center and a journey along the new South Fraser Perimeter Road.

Approximately 40 km long, South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is a new four-lane, 80km/hr route along the south side of the Fraser River from Deltaport Way in southwest Delta to 176th Street (Hwy 15) in Surrey, with connections to Highway 1, 15, 91, 99, and TransLink

The route will take a significant step towards improving Metro Vancouver’s major road network. It will benefit commuters, the trucking industry and tourists by connecting primary gateway facilities as well as facilitating access to borders, the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and the BC Interior.

SFPR will offer goods movers an efficient transportation corridor, while restoring municipal roads as community connectors by reducing truck and other traffic on municipal road networks in Delta and Surrey, improving quality of life for residents and local businesses. 

Map of the gateway project tour. 



IMPORTANT: Before beginning your tour you MUST sign the waiver of Liability – the waiver will be available for signature at the registration desk (prior to tour), at Lion’s Pub or when you pick up your bike.  You are required to sign the waiver in order to participate in the tour.  If you choose to not sign the waiver, you will be refunded your tour fee less any expenses incurred by the symposium organizers. Click here to preview the waiver. 

12:15 pm          All Attendees are required to walk over to the Lion’s Pub - 888 Cordova Street West to pick up a boxed lunch provided by the Pub. The Pub is located across the street from the hotel’s Ballroom exit doors.

 Please ensure that you wear your name badge or have your tour tickets on hand to pick up your lunch.                           

After receiving your boxed lunch please return to Mackenzie 1 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

12:30 pm        Brief Presentation of the tour (at Mackenzie 1)

12:50 pm        Board Tour Bus

1:00 pm          Tour Begins

5:00 pm         Tour Ends