The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1 Project) is designed to address growing regional congestion and improve the movement of people, goods and transit throughout Greater Vancouver. The Project reflects the need for a balance of transit, road and bridge improvements to keep traffic moving, our economy strong and our region liveable.
THE PORT MANN/HIGHWAY 1 PROJECT WILL:
Reduce travel times for trips along the corridor and increase their predictability – The limited capacity of the current bridge and highway result in congestion and delays, and just as importantly, it can be difficult to predict travel times. Once complete, the project will significantly reduce travel times - by up to 30% - saving drivers up to an hour per day. In addition, more capacity on the bridge and highway will make travel and travel times more predictable.
Reduce congestion at entry and exit points to Highway 1 – In addition to 37 kilometres of highway widening, the project includes replacement of nine highway interchanges, including Cape Horn and 152 Street in Surrey, which together with the Port Mann Bridge are responsible for significant bottlenecks and delays. Replacing interchanges will reduce delays for vehicles entering and leaving the highway, and the resulting reduction in congestion will improve the safety and efficiency for through-traffic as well.
Reduce travel times for trips across the corridor and improve connections within and between communities – In addition to improved access and egress from Highway 1, several new interchanges include wider highway overpasses, providing better connections between communities on either side of the highway. New interchanges providing better connections between communities include Willingdon, Sprott-Kensington, Cape Horn, 160 Street and 176 Street.
Improve access to and egress from the corridor for goods movement - In addition to new truck-only ramps connecting Highway 1 and the Pacific Reach commercial/industrial area of Coquitlam, the project also includes improved vehicle height clearance at interchanges along the corridor. In addition, goods movers will also benefit from efficiency, safety and travel time savings offered by highway widening and improved highway and bridge capacity.
Facilitate the introduction of transit service along the corridor - With the PMH1 improvements, transit buses will be able to cross the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in over 20 years. A new Highway 1 RapidBus service will connect Coquitlam/Burnaby (at Lougheed Highway SkyTrain Station) to Langley (at 202 Street) in about 25 minutes.
Expand HOV, cycling and pedestrian networks along or in the vicinity of the corridor - Once complete, the project will include HOV lanes from Grandview Highway in Vancouver to east of 200 Street in Langley. The project also includes new HOV on-and off-ramps at Grandview Highway, 156 Street in Surrey and 202 Street in Langley. For cyclists and pedestrians, the project includes a number of new multi-use paths, including a new cyclist/pedestrian connection across the Port Mann Bridge.
Improve safety for vehicle operators and passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians – In addition to capacity and efficiency improvements, the project includes highway and interchange designs that improve sight lines and reduce curves. In addition, design improvements at key locations will reduce congestion and traffic weaving, providing for improved safety.