Highway 1 split a preview of Port Mann Bridge local lanes

Final configuration coming this spring will create separated local connection lanes between Surrey and Coquitlam (with map)

The outside lanes across the Port Mann Bridge will be for local traffic running directly between Surrey and Coquitlam. Drivers will get an idea of the new Highway 1 traffic pattern starting Jan. 30.

New separated lanes go into effect Jan. 30 on Highway 1 westbound approaching the Port Mann Bridge in what’s being billed as a sneak peek at the traffic pattern that will be in place when all 10 lanes open up across the bridge later this spring.

Motorists heading west in Surrey will find the freeway splits before 152 Street into two streams.

There will be three lanes to the left, including the HOV lane, and two lanes to the right, signed for traffic exiting to Coquitlam.

“It’s a preview of what the highway is going to look like in its final configuration,” said Transportation Investment Corp. spokesman Greg Johhnson.

Crews need the room created by the new separation to set up new local connection lanes that are supposed to carry the one-third of bridge traffic that goes directly between Surrey and Coquitlam.

Separating those local lanes from the other through lanes is expected to mean fewer problems merging with freeway traffic.

Under the temporary configuration, the separated lanes will all rejoin just before the bridge itself.

But the split in traffic flow before 152 Street will be permanent and officials want drivers to get used to deciding which stream to take.

“We want to inform drivers that this is happening, that they’re going to have to make a decision when they reach the 152 Street interchange,” Johnson said.

Separated lanes are expected to discourage weaving and other unsafe lane changes on the bridge deck.

A similar lane split will go into effect on the eastbound approach to the bridge this spring.

One consideration for some drivers will be getting the 25 per cent HOV lane discount on tolls.

Coquitlam-bound vehicles that take the right lanes after the split won’t be in position to get the HOV discount when they pass under the electronic tolling sensors.

But Johnson said HOV users headed west for Coquitlam can still stay in the left-most HOV lane until they’re past the tolling gantry and then change lanes on the bridge deck in time to make their exit.

Westbound traffic coming up 152 Street that want the HOV discount need to instead use the HOV on-ramp at 156 Street.

The bridge’s 10 lanes should all be open, with the local connection lanes in operation, by late spring or early summer.

Some work will continue after that, Johnson said, but will mainly be to finish the project’s multiuser path.

Asked if the permanent lane separations will restrict the ability of vehicles to flow around accidents when they happen, Johnson said the form and operation of the barriers are still being finalized.

Just Posted

Chilliwack Visual Artists Association members upscale found items into art

CVAA group show ‘Upscale Art’ is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Nov. 20 to Dec. 28

B.C. man who murdered Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Locally owned shops open doors for Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl

The 17th annual self-guided event takes place Nov. 21 to 24 at six locations throughout Chilliwack

LETTER: Rainbow crosswalk campaign shows ‘contempt’

‘A very sad chapter in the history of Chilliwack,’ says letter writer

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Nov. 18 to 24

Three people deported after Surrey brawl caught on camera: RCMP

Police say they have been ‘actively engaged’ in the issue of youth fights in Newton since March

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

Workers union calls strike vote in SkyTrain labour dispute

Mediated talks are scheduled to begin Nov. 28

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Bids down, costs up on Highway 1, B.C. independent contractors say

Rally protests NDP government’s union-only public construction

Members of little people community applaud change to drop ‘midget’ term

‘It’s not about sensitivity,’ says Allan Redford, the president of the Little People of Canada

‘Police incident’ leads Squamish RCMP to ask public to leave Stawamus Chief

People were told to expected a ‘noted police presence’

Most Read