Construction in Coquitlam centres on the Cape Horn Interchange, one of the most comprehensive and complex parts of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Project. As the largest interchange reconstruction in British Columbia history, work here includes expanding the existing Cape Horn Interchange from four ramps to a total of 15. When complete, the new Cape Horn Interchange will play a critical role in the travel time savings made possible by the new Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 improvements.
This area is one of the busiest interchanges along the Highway 1 corridor. It provides access to Highway 1, the Port Mann Bridge, the Mary Hill Bypass, United Boulevard and Lougheed Highway, connecting traffic to the Tri-Cities area, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge as well as Vancouver and other communities west of the bridge.
Other improvements to the Coquitlam area also include reconstruction of the Brunette Avenue Interchange, highway widening, and construction of the new King Edward Street Overpass across Highway 1.
Phase One of the PMH1 Project was completed on December 1, 2012 and included the opening of new connections between Lougheed Highway and Highway 1 and a new King Edward overpass providing improved access between United Boulevard and Lougheed Highway. With these improvements complete, drivers travelling between Langley and Vancouver have already eliminated 35 minutes from their overall trip. Drivers travelling between Surrey and Vancouver have also reduced their commute time by nearly 60 per cent.
Phase Two includes continuing construction to complete the Port Mann Bridge to 10 lanes and a focus on time-saving highway and interchange improvements through Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver.
The following construction activity is scheduled for the Cape Horn area in 2013:
- Complete the new ramp connecting Highway 1 eastbound to United Boulevard
- Complete cycling connections on Lougheed Highway eastbound
- Complete ramps between Highway 1 eastbound and westbound and the Mary Hill Bypass, and Highway 1 westbound and Lougheed Highway westbound
- Open new commercial vehicle only on-ramps at Fawcett Road
- Complete cycling connections on Lougheed Highway westbound
- Complete improvements at Brunette Avenue Interchange
To see project designs illustrating PMH1 Project works in Coquitlam / Cape Horn, please click on the image below.