Mary Hill Bypass on-ramp to Highway 1 closed starting Friday


All levels of government in the Tricites have been in quite the bridge building frenzy. The Golden Ears Bridge last June, The Pitt River Bridge in January, the Coast Meridian Overpass last month, and underway is the construction of the Port Mann Bridge.

The new Port Mann will be 10 lanes wide, and with upgrades to Highway 1 the project will span from 216th Street in Langley to the McGill Street Interchange by the PNE. The Port Mann project website has a very nice video that explains the whole thing. Having spent plenty of hours of my life sitting on the south side of the bridge waiting to get home, the upgrade is sorely needed. The Port Mann will now become a toll bridge, so if you want to get to Abbotsford for free, you’ll have to visit Mission first along the Lougheed Highway or go through Surrey and the Pattullo Bridge.

As part of the project, onramps and offramps to Highway 1 will be upgraded, which brings us to the road closure that begins this Friday.

Here’s the note from the City of Coquitlam…

Beginning on Friday, April 16, at 9:00 p.m. and continuing for approximately one week, the Mary Hill Bypass westbound on-ramp to Highway 1 will be closed to all traffic.

During this time, vehicles will be detoured north along United Boulevard to Lougheed Highway, entering Highway 1 at the Coleman Avenue on-ramp, as shown in green on the map below. Motorists are advised to expect significant delays in this area, especially during the morning peak, and to plan travel accordingly.

Traffic signal timings at intersections in this area will be temporarily adjusted to accommodate changed traffic flows. This includes the ramp metering (traffic signal) at the Coleman Avenue on-ramp, which will not be operating during this time.

Also during this period, the off-ramp for westbound Highway 1 traffic exiting to Lougheed Highway in either direction will be temporarily shifted approximately 350 metres further west of its current location (circled on the map below)

These temporary changes are required to relocate a large gas line in the Cape Horn area. Work will be completed as quickly as possible to minimize disruption to local residents and businesses.

Here’s the link to the City of Coquitlam notice

For more information about the bridge, visit www.pmh1project.com

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