In January 2017, the Province announced a $70 Million investment in the Alex Fraser Bridge for capacity improvements, including the addition of a new counter flow lane. This project is now underway and also includes a $5 million cable collar upgrade for snow and ice management.
The first phase of the project is now complete, which involved the installation of the new traffic signals on Nordel Way at the Highway 91 on-ramp and an extension of the two-lane northbound on-ramp to the bridge.
Phase II of the Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project is now underway and includes:
- The addition of the seventh lane on the bridge and the installation of the moveable barrier system to provide a counter-flow lane;
- Bridge strengthening and replacement of a stay cable;
- Expansion joint modifications;
- Building sign and electrical infrastructure, to support counter-flow traffic;
- Improving cycling connections and widening sections of the bridge sidewalks;
- Adding a third southbound lane on Highway 91 between the Nordel Interchange and the 72 Avenue Interchange;
- Culvert installations beneath Highway 91;
- Cliveden Avenue overpass improvements; and
- Installing an emergency stand-by generator at the south bridge abutments.
The Province is managing the project and anticipates the Phase II improvements will be completed in summer 2019. Phase III of the Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project will include activation of the counter-flow lane and dynamic message signs.
The Province has appointed Eiffage Innovative Canada Inc. to undertake the Phase II improvements. To reduce traffic congestion, the improvements along the Alex Fraser Bridge will take place at night. Noise concerns will be managed by Eiffage Innovative Canada Inc. and Provincial staff.