Alex Fraser Bridge Improvement Project
More than 119,000 vehicles use the Alex Fraser Bridge daily on average, and congestion is a growing problem. With traffic demand continuing to increase, we are making improvements to reduce traffic congestion and increase capacity on this important crossing.
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)
On September 14, 2019, the additional lane opened on the bridge, with 4 lanes available for southbound traffic, and 3 lanes remaining for northbound. Work continues on the intelligent transportation signs needed for the counter-flow operation, and the ministry expects the zipper truck-barrier transfer system to be in place later this fall.
In July, the speed limit was lowered from 90 km/h to 70 km/h as the existing six lanes were reconfigured to allow for an additional lane of traffic. Lanes were being reduced in width from approximately 3.7 meters to 3.55 meters (about a six-inch reduction). The speed limit change is permanent to help keep travellers safe and traffic flowing efficiently during counter-flow.
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 fall 2019.
- The project will improve capacity and reduce congestion on the bridge by adding an additional lane.
- Once the counter-flow system is in operation, people 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.