The Government of Canada and Province of B.C. celebrate this milestone
DELTA, BC, Dec. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The $1.26 billion South Fraser
Perimeter Road was opened today in Delta, British Columbia.
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on
behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with
B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone,
marked the completion of the 40-kilometre, four-lane road, which will
improve safety for drivers, while enhancing the efficient movement of
goods to export destinations in the Asia-Pacific.
The road extends from the existing Highway 17/Deltaport Way interchange,
through the municipalities of Delta and Surrey, along the south bank of
the Fraser River, and connects to all five major Fraser River
crossings, saving motorists time and offering more travel options.
The eastern section of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, from Highway 1
at 176th St. to 136th St. in Surrey, opened in November 2012. The
remainder of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, from 136th St. in Surrey
to Deltaport Way in Delta, opens today.
The Government of Canada's contribution of up to $365 million for this
project comes from the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation
Infrastructure Fund, a program designed to enhance the competitiveness,
efficiency and capacity of Canada's transportation network to
facilitate international trade with the Asia-Pacific region.
This road will play an essential role in increasing Canada's capacity to
support Asia-Pacific trade by providing a continuous connection to port
facilities, rail yards and industrial areas in Metro Vancouver.
It will contribute to local road safety by reducing the number of points
where road and railway tracks intersect.
It will relieve traffic congestion between the Port Mann, Pattullo and
Alex Fraser bridges, and the George Massey Tunnel, providing route
options for motorists travelling between Langley, Surrey, Delta and the
Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
It will also help to reduce truck traffic on residential streets by
connecting several transportation facilities, such as the Deltaport
Container Terminal, Seaspan International Inc., the CN intermodal yard,
the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and numerous industrial areas.
It will generate economic and business opportunities and lead to 7,000
long-term jobs in Delta and Surrey through improved industrial
development opportunities along the corridor. More than 4,000 jobs were
created during construction.
"The completion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road is good news for the
Metro Vancouver region; it means a better road network and more
capacity to transport goods to and from fast-growing markets throughout
the Asia-Pacific region. This project demonstrates that when we work
together with our partners through the Asia Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Initiative, we can develop projects that facilitate
international trade and create jobs and economic growth in local
communities across Canada."
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay
Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada
"The South Fraser Perimeter Road is a key part of our commitment to
expanding our markets and improving the safe and efficient movement of
goods and people. This new route is a game-changer for industry,
commuters and tourists - it will cut commute times for families and
make B.C. more competitive by connecting key port and rail facilities
with access to borders, the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and the B.C.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Province of B.C.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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