More lanes coming to reduce waits for cross-border travellers

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Aldergrove: Construction is underway at the Highway 13 Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing to add more lanes, improve intersection flow and build new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, so people and goods can flow more smoothly.

“I’m very pleased that construction will soon be getting underway to improve traffic flow leading to this border crossing,” said Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Strategic investments in transportation infrastructure are critical to reducing harmful emissions, growing the economy and building strong communities. By working closely with our provincial partners, we are helping the middle class thrive and building a brighter future for B.C. and all Canadians.”

A section of Highway 13 will be widened from two lanes to five lanes, with new southbound Nexus and commercial vehicle lanes and a northbound truck climbing lane. Along with the additional lanes, the project includes a new east-west connection and signal at 3B Avenue, a safety upgrade at the intersection of Highway 13 and 8th Avenue, and pedestrian and cycling facilities at 0 Avenue.

“Highway 13 supports a growing community and a busy border crossing where people are often stuck in a traffic jam. We’re building more capacity to keep people and commercial traffic flowing without such long delays,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Once complete, the new pedestrian and cycling amenities will help make greener transportation choices an attractive option and cut even more cars out of this congested corridor.”

Tybo Contracting Ltd. of Langley was awarded the $15.38-million contract for the work that will finish in fall 2019. The ministry is committed to ensuring traffic delays related to construction are minimal. It will provide travel advisories on changeable message signs and at: www.drivebc.ca

Travellers are asked to obey the posted speed limit and watch for workers and traffic control personnel.

Quick Facts:

  • Highway 13 corridor is one of four Canada/U.S. border crossings in the Lower Mainland.
  • This section of Highway 13 sees 6,000 vehicles each day in the summer peak season.
  • The separate Nexus and truck lanes will remove about 30% of traffic from the general purpose border-crossing lane and reduce lineups on the highway.
  • The $25.5-million project is cost shared, with the Government of Canada committing $10 million and the Province providing the remaining $15.5 million.