Highway 17 Improvements underway as part of the Deltaport Third Berth Project

    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver and the Ministry of
Transportation (MoT) announced today that Highway 17 improvements are now
underway in Delta, as part of the traffic mitigation activities for the
Deltaport Third Berth Project. The $3.2 million improvement project, funded by
Port Metro Vancouver and implemented by MoT, consists of:

    -   Improvements to the Highway 17 northbound off-ramp that leads onto
        Highway 99 southbound;
    -   Extension of the northbound HOV lane on Highway 17 south of Ladner
        Trunk Road;
    -   Signal modifications at Highway 17 and Ladner Trunk Road; and,
    -   Improvements to the left turning lanes from Ladner Trunk Road
        eastbound onto Highway 17 northbound.

    "The improvements to Highway 17 will help to mitigate for the additional
truck-trips that will be generated as part of the Deltaport Third Berth
Project," said Captain Gordon Houston, President and Chief Executive Officer
of Port Metro Vancouver. "The project is expected to be complete by August
2008 in advance of the completion of the Deltaport Third Berth Project."
    Over the past year, Port Metro Vancouver and MoT have been working with
the Corporation of Delta to finalize improvements to Highway 17 that will
benefit the community of Delta.
    "This work will improve safety and efficiency for Delta motorists and
will complement the commercial lane restrictions implemented along Highway 17
late last year to keep truck traffic in the right-hand lane," said
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon. "At the same time, the improvements
support efficient goods movement as part of a sensible transportation
    The Deltaport Third Berth Project will add a third berth to the existing
two berth terminal at the Deltaport container terminal, located at Roberts
Bank in Delta, BC. The Deltaport Third Berth Project is in direct response to
the growing needs of Canadian industry and consumer demand for the benefit of
British Columbia and Canadian workers and economies.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 120 trading economies
annually. Port activities generate 69,200 jobs across Canada with $4 billion
in Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978; Jeff Knight, Public Affairs Bureau,
Ministry of Transportation, Telephone: (250) 356-7707, Cellular: (250)

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