What will you do with the time you save? The new Port Mann Bridge is here.
After eight years of planning and building, the new eight-lane Port Mann Bridge is open and - thanks in part to open road tolling with TReO - will make your drive faster, easier and more reliable.
When it is complete, the new 10-lane bridge means five lanes, including one HOV lane, in each direction and a three-metre wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.
The former five-lane Port Mann Bridge was built in the early 1960s when the area's population was 800,000. Today, the bridge serves more than 800,000 vehicles in any given week. The bridge just wasn't able to accommodate the region's growth. In fact, the old Port Mann Bridge was congested up to 14 hours a day. Now, it's a whole new story. The new bridge easily accommodates the more than 2.2 million people who now call Metro Vancouver home - not to mention the additional 1 million expected over the next 30 years. All told, the benefits are far-reaching.
In fact, here are some benefits at a glance. The project:
- includes 37 kilometers of highway widening from Vancouver to Langley, eliminating the bottlenecks along the highway that currently tie up traffic
- includes a series of interchange and overpass improvements designed to provide faster, safer travel to, from and over the highway
- includes Rapid Bus service across the bridge - the first transit service on the bridge in a generation - connecting Langley to Burnaby in less than 25 minutes
- means improved reliability. With traffic and congestion dramatically reduced, you'll be able to predict how long your drive will take, without having to leave an extra 30 minutes early just in case traffic is bad
- means that a roundtrip from Langley to Vancouver will be an hour shorter than before the new Port Mann Bridge opened and those drivers will save over a litre in fuel
- means that a roundtrip from Surrey to Coquitlam will take half the time it use to
Feel free to check out an overview of construction details.