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.”
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.