City’s transportation priorities include highway widening

Priorities include Highway 1 and Fraser Highway

The city has put Fraser Highway on a list of transit priorities submitted to the province.

The city has put Fraser Highway on a list of transit priorities submitted to the province.

Widening Highway 1 and Fraser Highway are among the city’s transportation priorities put forward to the province for consideration in its 10-year plan.

The province announced in October that it is developing a 10-year plan to identify short, medium and longer-term projects.

Abbotsford will submit its proposal, outlining the first priority as widening Highway 1 to six lanes between 264th Street and Whatcom Road, stretching about the length of Abbotsford.

That is followed by improvements to Mt. Lehman Road between Highway 1 and the Abbotsford International Airport boundary and a railway overpass at an urban arterial road with a location to be determined.

The fourth priority is the widening of Fraser Highway to five lanes between Station Road and Mt. Lehman Road.

A city staff report said the priorities were drawn from the transportation master plan, the Fraser Valley Regional District’s draft list of regional transportation priorities, and feedback from the airport and residents, including the recent petition for upgrades to Fraser Highway.

Ministry of transportation officials are consulting First Nations, local government, transportation authorities and other community leaders across to the province, which will be considered in the development of the provincial 10-year transportation plan.