A green thumbs up for B.C. bridge project

VANCOUVER — A portion of B.C.’s Gateway Program was given the green light as an all-important environmental assessment (EA) certificate was issued for the Port Mann/Highway 1 Project.

The project is designed to reduce congestion, manage traffic demand over time and allow buses to travel over the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in over two decades. Capital costs for the project are expected to be between $1.5 and $1.6 billion.

The project consists of the construction of a bridge adjacent to the existing Port Mann Bridge, and widening Highway 1, upgrading interchanges and access between McGill Street in Vancouver and 216th Street in Langley, a distance of approximately 37 km.

The EA was a joint effort from both provincial and federal officials and contains 233 commitments that the proponent must implement throughout various stages of the project.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and be complete in 2013.

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