Congestion on regional roads and highways is increasing, with growing impacts on residents, communities and the environment and the economy. The BC Trucking Association estimates that goods movers are stopped or slowed 75% of the time, costing approximately $500 million per year. Transport Canada estimates that the total cost of congestion is $1.5 billion annually. The significant capacity improvements and traffic reduction measures underway as part of the Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) Improvement Project will improve predictability and traffic flow along this key transportation corridor.
Some of the key project improvements that support commercial vehicles as well as the travelling public are the new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, widening of Highway 1 to four lanes in each direction between Grandview Highway and 202 Street, and the new King Edward Street Overpass, which provides improved connections to the Pacific Reach commercial and employment area.
There are also a number of improvements designed specifically to support more efficient and reliable transportation for commercial vehicles. This is achieved by providing commercial vehicles with priority access to and from Highway 1, including:
Coquitlam: Dedicated Commercial Vehicle off-ramps at Fawcett Avenue, connecting to United Boulevard and the Pacific Reach commercial and employment area.
Vancouver: Improved on- and off-ramps at McGill Street to facilitate access to and from Port Metro Vancouver's South Shore terminals.
These priority accesses will facilitate goods movement, improve overall traffic flow and reduce potential impacts of commercial vehicles travelling through local neighbourhoods.
In addition, a 50% discount on Port Mann Bridge tolls will be available to trucks overnight to encourage commercial traffic to travel during off-peak hours.
Commercial Vehicles – Safety During Construction
The PMH1 Project together with the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement office are encouraging commercial vehicle operators to use the right lane only along Highway 1 between 208 Avenue in Langley and McGill Street in Vancouver while Highway 1 improvements are underway. This area is an active construction zone and in some areas the shoulder widths have been reduced. To allow the safe passage of first responders in the event of an emergency, commercial vehicle operators are encouraged to use the right lane only as they travel through the PMH1 Project corridor.
Lane Width Restriction on Highway 1 during PMH1 Improvement Project Construction
The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project together with the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement office would like to ensure that commercial vehicle operators are aware that while the PMH1 Improvement Project is underway, there will be restrictions for truck loads that are wider than 3.8 metres. For load widths wider than 3.8 metres, commercial vehicle operators should consider alternate routes so that the loads do not come into contact with pylons, equipment or personnel. The PMH1/Highway 1 corridor between the Cassiar Tunnel in Vancouver and 216 Street in Langley is considered an active construction zone, and commercial vehicle operators should be aware that in certain areas, Highway 1 lanes may be more narrow than usual.
To ensure the safety of commercial vehicle operators and the travelling public, please be aware of the following:
Lane widths can be restricted to 3.8 metres (12.47 Feet) on Highway 1 between the Cassiar Tunnel and 216 Street. These restrictions will be in effect until Project completion.
Shoulders may be closed or narrowed to ensure that construction crews remain safe while this necessary construction work takes place.
Lane closures for the PMH1 Project are generally between 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. during weekdays; however, there are sometimes lane closures outside this period as well.
- When necessary, construction crews will use concrete barriers and visual screening for additional safety and to minimize distraction for the travelling public.
Between the Cassiar Tunnel and the Grandview Highway Interchange, motorists should exercise additional caution as shoulders may be slightly narrower than 0.5 metres in some areas.