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Traffic Management

How can I find out about traffic changes due to construction?

Construction bulletins are posted on the website under Closures and Detours whenever there is a significant traffic change schedule. You can sign up for these construction bulletins by clicking on Subscribe to Email Updates and selecting your areas of interest. These updates are also posted on Twitter, where you can follow the project: @PortMannHwy1.

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How will the PMH1 Project affect my commute?

A key goal of the project is to minimize disruption and maximize predictability during construction. Our primary focus will be to keep traffic on Highway 1 moving safely and efficiently.

No lane closures are permitted on Highway 1 during the day (5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.). During this time the contractor is not permitted to engage in activities along the corridor that disrupt traffic flow. Work is allowed in off-highway areas and visual screens will be used to minimize any traffic disruption.

Where lane closures are permitted, generally after 8:30 p.m. and before 6:30 a.m., allowable traffic delays will be limited to 10 minutes or less between Vancouver and Coquitlam, between Coquitlam and Surrey, and between Surrey and Langley – or up to 20 minutes total if traveling the entire corridor.

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How can I plan my commute?

Visit www.pmh1project.com for up-to-date traffic information and construction schedules. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the 24/7 Project information line at 1-866-999-PMH1 (7641). This line is staffed with live operators to answer your questions or refer you to the appropriate individual. You can also request to be added to the project database to receive construction and traffic updates by email. To sign up for these updates, please visit the website (www.pmh1project.com).

Our website also is updated regularly to let people know what work is being scheduled. Additionally, to keep local communities and businesses informed as work progresses, site-specific PMH1 notices are mailed directly to your door.

Please watch for electronic message boards and other roadside signs along the highway and adjoining routes, which will also provide information about upcoming work.

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When are the delay-free travel times?

No planned lane closures or delays are allowed during the following periods:

  • Weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • On Statutory Holidays and long weekends
  • When there are major events occurring at BC Place, GM Place, Pacific Coliseum or other major venues that draw large amounts of traffic from other municipalities (such as the Celebration of Light Fireworks) eastbound lane closures will start later to allow traffic to dissipate.

During periods where lane closures are permitted, traffic will be monitored to ensure that no traveller will be delayed on Highway 1 longer than:

  • 10 minutes between Vancouver and Coquitlam
  • 10 minutes between Coquitlam and Surrey
  • 10 minutes between Surrey and Langley
  • 20 minutes total between Vancouver and Langley  

I am a marine user, how will the Project affect me?

The Closures and detours section of the website is updated regularly with Marine Updates. These updates will advise if any of the activities associated with the bridge construction will affect marine traffic. Activities will be advertised on the website and at the Macquabeak Park boat launch in Coquitlam as far as possible in advance.  

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Why are High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes open to all traffic at night and on the weekend?

The HOV schedule adjustment is in place to minimize delays during nighttime and weekend lane closures, which are required for the widening of Highway 1 and rebuilding of several overpass and interchange structures. Since HOV traffic is significantly lower during the night and on weekends, allowing all lanes to be used by general traffic will reduce construction-related delays and improve safety and efficiency.

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What is the new schedule for HOV lane use?

The HOV lanes (both east and westbound) will be available for vehicles travelling with two or more occupants between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Outside of these hours, single occupancy vehicles will be allowed to use the HOV lane.

Upon project completion, the HOV lanes will be back on a full 24-hour schedule and will be extended to 200 Street in Langley.