François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities has said that these improvements to Highway 1 in Langley will make it easier for businesses to get their products to customers, reduce pollution, and allow residents to spend less time in traffic and more time with their families. Together with our provincial and municipal partners we’re investing in projects to improve the daily lives of British Columbians now and lay the foundation for a bright prosperous future.”
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia said that this investment along Highway 1 is part of our government’s commitment to improve transportation networks across our province. By working on solutions for traffic gridlock, we are helping to alleviate congestion, improve transit times and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities, helping businesses compete and creating a strong economy and middle class.
Today, François-Philippe Champagne, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, and Jack Froese, mayor of Langley, announced $235.5 million in joint funding for upgrades to Highway 1 in Langley.
Work involves widening a total of ten kilometres between 216th Street and 264th Street by adding a new high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction, reconfiguring the 232nd Street interchange and adding a new underpass at Glover Road and the CP Rail crossing. A new truck parking lot will also be added near Highways 1 and 17 for up to 150 commercial trucks and up to 45 passenger vehicles.
A key link to the port of Metro Vancouver and the U.S. border, this stretch of Highway 1 handles close to 9,000 commercial trucks per day. These vital upgrades will not only improve safety and efficiency along this key route, but boost trade and support economic prosperity for the region by accommodating a greater number of vehicles.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $108,963,550 to this project through the New Building Canada Fund, while the Government of British Columbia is providing $99,429,217 and the Township of Langley is providing up to $27,133,333.