Upgrading is coming for this section of Vedder Road between Keith Wilson and Promontory, and includes road widening, and lights. It is part of a $15.2M package of road work to be done between now and 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

Road widening at Chilliwack choke points should reduce traffic congestion by 2021

The $15.2M Vedder/Promontory/Prest Design-Build proposal by Eurovia BC accepted by council

Traffic congestion on Chilliwack’s growing south side is slated to get some relief between now and 2021.

Council approved several road work projects worth more than $15 million at the Tuesday council meeting, including road-widening at several choke points.

Four major transportation projects were rolled into one design-build contract, calling the mammoth proposal: the Vedder/Promontory/Prest Design-Build project.

Lead proponent Eurovia BC Inc. submitted a $15.2 million bid which was approved by council. That was after its submission was advanced to the Request for Proposals Stage 2 following an evaluation by committee.

The rationale for combining the road work into one massive project is explained in the staff report: “These projects have been combined into this larger single design-build project to realize economies of scale and co-ordinate road works to minimize traffic disruption.”

READ MORE: Major Chilliwack road projects

A description of the four projects was contained in the staff report attached to the 2019.11.05 council agenda:

Vedder Road – Keith Wilson to Promontory – 1,100m of road widening to include four travel lanes, a centre turning lane, bike lanes, sidewalks, streetlights and traffic signal upgrades;

Promontory Road – Vedder to Chester – 1,100m of road widening to include four travel lanes, a center turning lane, bike lanes, sidewalks, streetlights and traffic signal upgrades;

Vedder and Watson – Intersection -Works include traffic signal expansion and approximately 200m of road widening complete with paving, streetlights, curb and sidewalk;

Prest Road Widening – Hwy #1 to McGuire Intersection – Approximately 1,800m of road construction, widening and the Semiault Creek bridge replacement;

“Substantial completion” of all four projects is anticipated by November 1, 2021.

READ MORE: Transportation Plan was updated last spring


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Road work projects (in red) will see road-widening and bike lanes in some cases. (City of Chilliwack)

Road work projects (in red) will see road-widening and bike lanes in some cases. (City of Chilliwack)

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