A $25.5 million upgrade to the highway leading to Aldergrove’s border crossing will expand a mile of highway.
Federal, provincial, and local representatives were at the crossing Tuesday to announce the $15.5 million funding from Victoria and $10 million from Ottawa.
The widening will take place from 8th Avenue down Highway 13 (264th Street) to the border at Zero Avenue.
A third lane will be added southbound to add a separate NEXUS and truck crossing lane.
Northbound, the highway will be widened from one to two lanes for a truck climbing lane up the steep hill.
In addition, crews will build a new two-lane east-west connection at 3B Avenue, extending from Highway 13 to 264th Street.
The project goes to tender in spring 2017.
The plan is to provide for reduced congestion and wait times at the border, and faster movement of goods and visitors to both sides.
Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag, Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman, and Township Mayor Jack Froese were on hand to announce the project.
Aldag emphasized that the project is part of the Liberal government’s spending on infrastructure, also mentioning other transportation projects.
He also mentioned the work of Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa, who lobbied for the expansion of the border for years along with the Langley business community.
Coleman said the project was the creation of a large number of partners, from federal to provincial to local agencies and governments.
“This is just a real compilation of hard work,” Coleman said.
Froese emphasized the impact less congestion will have not just on travellers, but on residents in south Aldergrove.
“A project like this really helps our residents,” Froese said.
The government recently finished a two-year, $17.7 million upgrade of the border crossing itself.
A new structure included new traveller lanes, a NEXUS lane, and two new commercial lanes.
It was a long-awaited project for the Langley business community, which had been asking for upgrades to the crossing for a decade.
For a time, the government had seriously considered shutting down commercial traffic at Aldergrove, sending trucks east to Abbotsford or west to Surrey.