B.C. Port Mann bridge twinning to begin later this year

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VICTORIA, B.C. — Construction on the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 project will start later this year, the B.C. transportation ministry has announced.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2008, with completion planned for 2013.

The Port Mann/Highway 1 project consists of the construction of a new Port Mann Bridge and widening of the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as upgrading interchanges and improving safety and access between McGill Street in Vancouver and 216th Street in Langley, a distance of approximately 37 km.

The ministry states that the Port Mann / Highway 1 project will reduce congestion and travel time, improve safety and accessibility, and allow buses to travel over the Port Mann Bridge for the first time in over two decades.

The project will also expand networks for HOV, cyclists, and pedestrians and the bridge will be built to accommodate potential future light rapid transit.

The Port Mann Bridge will be tolled.

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