The Government of B.C. has issued a tender for the new Mountain Highway Interchange along Highway 1 through the Lower Lynn Corridor, just north of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing.
“This interchange upgrade, combined with the District of North Vancouver’s $14 million Keith Bridge and Keith Road expansion, will improve safety and start to reduce travel times at one of the Lower Mainland’s worst traffic bottlenecks,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
This $36-million tender package involves building a new interchange with additional ramps where Mountain Highway intersects with Highway 1, reducing congestion and providing an alternative to the east-west and north-south routes on the North Shore. The tender is now posted on BC Bid and the province expects to select the contractor this spring.
The construction of the Mountain Highway Interchange is the first phase of the $198 million, four-phased Lower Lynn Interchanges Improvement project. Construction is expected to begin later this spring. When completed in 2021, the Lower Lynn Corridor Interchanges Improvement project will improve traffic flow through North Vancouver and on Highway 1 to access BC Ferries and the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish and Whistler.
The $198 million project is being cost-shared, with the Province of B.C. contributing $76.7 million, the Government of Canada contributing $66.6 million and the District of North Vancouver providing $54.7 million.
Phase 1, the $50 million Mountain Highway Interchange project, includes $36 million for a new interchange with the Province contributing $23.5 million, the Government of Canada providing $12.5 million and $14 million being contributed by the District of North Vancouver for the Keith Road and Keith Bridge expansion component.