LANGLEY, B.C. – The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) is applauding the provincial government’s announcement that approximately $25.5 million will be allocated to widen Hwy. 13 to support border enhancements at the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing.
The upgrades will include widening Hwy. 13 southbound from one to three lanes to accommodate a separate Nexus and truck lane, as well as adding a northbound truck-climbing lane. A new two-lane east-west connection will also be added at 3B Ave., extending from Hwy. 13 to 264th Street.
Though the effort to support the new commercial facility was commended, the BCTA remains hopeful there will be some additional expansion of Hwy. 13 between 8th Ave. and the Trans-Canada.
The announced upgrades are expected to provide mobility benefits, such as reduced wait and idle times at the border and less overall delays on the corridor.
The BCTA said it led efforts to keep the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing open to commercial traffic when the Canadian Border Services Agency had considered closing it in 2008, and that the commercial facility is the result of that advocacy.
Currently in the design phase, construction is expected to begin once the B.C. government has awarded the construction contract following tender in the spring of 2017.