Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project
Congestion is a growing problem on the Alex Fraser Bridge. With traffic demand continuing to increase, we are making improvements to reduce traffic congestion and increase capacity on this important crossing.
The speed limit on the bridge has now been lowered from 90 km/h to 70 km/h as crews reconfigure the existing six lanes to allow for an additional lane of traffic. Lanes are being reduced in width from approximately 3.7 metres to 3.55 metres (about a six-inch reduction). The speed limit change will be permanent to help keep travellers safe and traffic flowing efficiently during counter-flow.
More than 119,000 vehicles use the Alex Fraser Bridge daily on average, with road users experiencing lines more than three kilometres long during rush hour.
This congestion reduces traffic flow and reliability along the Highway 91 corridor, which is a vital transportation link for both commuters and goods movers.
The Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project includes:
- Adding a seventh lane to the bridge
- Adding an innovative new counter-flow moveable barrier system to improve capacity and help reduce traffic congestion during peak periods
- Installing 13 new dynamic message signs throughout the Lower Mainland – as part of a South of Fraser Advance Traveller Information System – so that road users know estimated delays on the four major Fraser River crossings (Alex Fraser Bridge, George Massey Tunnel, Port Mann Bridge and Pattullo Bridge)
The project’s total budget is just over $70 million, with the federal government contributing nearly $34 million and the B.C. government contributing just over $36 million.
Construction began in fall 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in summer 2019.
- The project will improve capacity and reduce congestion on the bridge by adding an additional lane.
- Bridge users can expect to save about 12 to 16 minutes during the afternoon rush hour in the southbound direction and about 6 minutes during the morning rush hour in the northbound direction.