The City of Delta is planning to extend River Way.
Council recently approved an engineering department recommendation to award a $67,332 contract for a consultant to come up with a preliminary design for a River Way extension from Aldrich Road to the 8600 block of River Road.
The engineering department notes advanced project designs in the year preceding construction allows for more accurate construction costs.
The city, which has also put out request for bids for firms to conduct traffic volume and speed counts in the Tilbury industrial area and Annacis Island, is planning to award a separate contract for engineering services related to the River Way extension construction when the project is closer to proceeding.
Meanwhile, the province recently announced that the major Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project has reached the 50 per cent completion mark and is on track for completion in spring 2023.
An upcoming milestone is the opening of the Highway 17 River Road Overpass, the first new structure of the project.
It will be fully open in late September and is to eliminate travel delays for Highway 17 motorists.
When this new structure opens, the temporary lane shift on Highway 17 will cease and Highway 17 will revert to its pre-project alignment.
The full Highway 17/River Road interchange is scheduled to open later this fall, creating a more direct connection between Highway 17 and River Road.