The governments of Canada British Columbia announced that with all lanes now open on the Highway 91 at Nordel Way interchange, the Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project is nearing completion, improving traffic flow and saving drivers time south of the Fraser River.
Opening the final interchange to full capacity is a major milestone for the $260-million Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrade Project.
“A faster commute on safe, high-quality roads is important to Delta and the surrounding communities,” said Carla Qualtrough, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “Our government’s investments to improve the quality of our roads and traffic flow will help save time for residents south of the Fraser River. We will continue to work with our municipal and provincial partners to make improvements to our infrastructure and, in turn, improving the quality of life for all residents of Delta.”
The interchange at Highway 91 and Nordel Way is the last of four interchanges included in the project. The first interchange, at River Road and Highway 17, opened to traffic in December 2021, followed by the Highway 91 Connector and Nordel Way and Highway 17 and Highway 91 Connector interchanges this past summer. Minor construction work remains, including asphalt repairs and paving on the River Road and Highway 17 interchange in spring 2023.
“This important infrastructure update means people in our community are able to get to work and home faster, and goods are moving more efficiently through this critical corridor,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, on behalf of Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This safer, modern highway is benefiting people, communities and the local economy.”
The Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project, which is part of the broader Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrades, is being delivered by the Province and is on track for completion in spring 2023. The project was designed to improve road safety and support growing economic and trade development in the region.
The design-builder, Pacific Gateway Constructors (PGC), employed an all-local workforce for the project. PGC also awarded more than $16 million in contract value to local Indigenous businesses and partnerships through subcontracting opportunities.
Funding partners include the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
The $5.2-million 27B Avenue upgrades component of this project is complete. It was funded by the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Government of Canada, and delivered by the Province.
Featured image: With all lanes now open on the Highway 91 at Nordel Way interchange, the Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project is nearing completion, improving traffic flow and saving drivers time south of the Fraser River. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)