COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - Some traffic will be driving on the new Port Mann Bridge later this month, but not before some of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project's most technically challenging work takes place in Coquitlam. Drivers are being told to expect big changes, and weekend delays, during September as crews complete several new connections between the Cape Horn Interchange and the north end of the Port Mann Bridge.
Work at the Cape Horn Interchange is the most comprehensive interchange reconstruction in B.C. history, and the most complex part of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project. When complete, the new interchange's 15 new ramps, structures and direct connections will be a critical part of the bridge's travel time savings.
Upcoming traffic pattern changes at the Cape Horn Interchange will take place in stages. Scheduled dates are as follows, although all are weather dependent.
On September 16, Lougheed Highway eastbound will be shifted to a new and final alignment south of Highway 1.
On September 18, the three lanes of Highway 1 eastbound traffic will be transitioned from the old bridge onto the new Port Mann Bridge.
On September 19, a new time-saving overpass connecting westbound bridge traffic to Lougheed Highway eastbound will open.
Over the weekend of September 22-23, crews will perform an engineering marvel as a new overpass is completed and opened in a single weekend. This new overpass, the longest in the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, will connect Lougheed Highway westbound to Highway 1 eastbound.
During this and the following weekend, substantial traffic management will take place in the Cape Horn Interchange. Highway 1 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for a portion of the first weekend and the majority of the second weekend to facilitate this construction and demolition of the old Cape Horn overpass. Drivers should avoid this area of the highway and choose alternate routes.
Advertising, social media and communications will alert drivers to the closures on those weekends and advise them to find alternate routes.
The Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, the largest transportation infrastructure project in B.C. history, will be complete and open to traffic in phases. The first and largest phase, which includes opening eight lanes on the new bridge, widening the highway and rebuilding three interchanges between 160 Street in Surrey and the Cape Horn Interchange in Coquitlam, will be complete by this December. The work happening at the Cape Horn Interchange over September is a key portion of this phase.
Mike Proudfoot, CEO, Transportation Investment Corporation -
"Reconstructing the Cape Horn Interchange is a megaproject within the Port Mann/Highway 1 megaproject, and a crucial part of the solution to our congestion problems. But before we get the benefits of the new Port Mann Bridge, there's still a lot of work to be done at Cape Horn. Over the coming weeks, drivers are going to see big changes as the project's most technically challenging components come together in a hurry. When the new Cape Horn Interchange is open to traffic, drivers will be able to do in seconds what used to take them minutes."
September 5, 2012
Upcoming Cape Horn construction key to faster new Port Mann Bridge
A series of traffic pattern changes are scheduled to take place in the Cape Horn Interchange from mid to late September. These changes are necessary to complete the connections between the new Port Mann Bridge and the new Cape Horn Interchange by December 2012.
The changes are currently scheduled as noted; however, all dates are weather dependent and may be subject to change. Drivers should use caution, watch for signs and obey construction speed limits.
September 16, 2012
Lougheed Highway Eastbound Realigned
- Beginning September 16, several traffic pattern changes will be implemented on Lougheed Highway eastbound in the Cape Horn Interchange area. These steps are required to connect the new Cape Horn Interchange to the new Port Mann Bridge.
- Lougheed Highway eastbound will be shifted to its final alignment. The new alignment is south of Highway 1. Vehicles will travel under Highway 1 and reconnect with the current Lougheed Highway alignment on the north side of Highway 1.
- The Highway 1 eastbound exit to Lougheed Highway eastbound (Exit 44) will remain in its current location. Drivers will merge with Lougheed Highway eastbound lanes and drive on the new Lougheed Highway eastbound alignment.
- Drivers accessing United Boulevard from Lougheed Highway eastbound will drive on the new Lougheed Highway alignment and merge with United Boulevard at the north end of the Cape Horn Interchange.
September 18, 2012
Eastbound Lanes on the new Port Mann Bridge
- Beginning September 18, eastbound traffic will be shifted from the old Port Mann Bridge to the new bridge. Crews will implement the transition, including moving barriers and adjusting line painting and lane markings at either end of the bridge during the night of September 17.
- Early on the morning of September 18, vehicles will follow the new alignment, beginning just east of the Cape Horn Interchange, and will rejoin the current highway alignment between the bridge and the 152 Street exit.
- This significant milestone is the first step towards opening the new Port Mann Bridge with eight lanes of traffic in December. A total of three eastbound lanes will continue to be available to traffic until that time.
September 19, 2012
Highway 1 Westbound to Lougheed Highway Eastbound
- Beginning September 19, a new overpass connecting Highway 1 westbound to Lougheed Highway eastbound will open to traffic. Drivers will access this overpass directly from the Port Mann Bridge.
- Once open, this new overpass will connect drivers directly to Lougheed Highway eastbound safely, quickly and efficiently. This traffic pattern change is a significant step towards completing the new and improved Cape Horn Interchange.
September 24, 2012
Lougheed Highway Westbound to Highway 1 Eastbound
- Beginning September 24, a new overpass connecting Lougheed Highway westbound to Highway 1 eastbound will open to traffic.
- This is one of the final steps required to connect the new Cape Horn Interchange to the new Port Mann Bridge. Once open, this new overpass will replace the existing Cape Horn Interchange loop ramp configuration, and connect drivers directly to Highway 1 safely.