A new highway interchange that is to improve travel time and reduce congestion in Delta opens today (Friday, Dec. 3).
Part of the ongoing Highway 91/17 Deltaport Way Project, the Highway 17 and River Road interchange is to improve the connection between the Highway 91 connector, Highway 17 and River Road and eliminate the need for a rail crossing to access Highway 17.
The opening marks a major milestone for the upgrade project with the first of four interchanges complete, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The ministry notes the interchange will result in enhanced traffic safety for goods movers and the travelling public, decreased collision risks, increased access between South Delta and North Delta/Surrey employment areas and better cycling connections, as well as improved permitting and inspection service for commercial vehicle operators.
The Highway 91 /17 Upgrade Project is a $260 million undertaking, which includes a series of roadworks aimed at increasing highway efficiency and reducing conflicts between local traffic and commercial vehicles.
Funding partners include the Government of Canada through the National Infrastructure component of the New Building Canada Fund, the Province of British Columbia and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.