Rubber on Asphalt


BC politics at its best, rubber on asphalt is always a sure vote getter at election time.

Funding for this $235.5 million highway upgrade was announced in 2019, with the federal government committing $109 million, the provincial government with $99.5 million, and the Township of Langley with $27 million.

The 12 km project will include:

  • Widen Highway 1 to accommodate eastbound and westbound high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in the median between the 216 Street and 264 Street Interchanges
  • Construction of a new crossing at Glover Road, which will include dedicated 2.5-metre wide cycling lanes on either side and a separate two-metre wide sidewalk
  • Reconfiguration of the existing 232 Street Interchange and the replacement of the existing crossing, including a three-metre wide multi-use pathway on either side
  • Replacing the existing railway crossing immediately east of Glover Road
$235.5 million for a mere 12 km of highway upgrading, makes Rail for the Valley’s Leewood Study plan for a 138 km., Vancouver to Rosedale passenger service, costing $1,207,692,027.00) or $8.71 million per km in 2021 dollars a very good bargain indeed!
For a cost of just five times more one gets eleven and a half times more transit route, serving major valley cities and providing an alternative transit route, completely devoid of gridlock and congestion.
In BC, blacktop politics wins votes; elevated transit , keeping lanes open for cars wins votes. A coherent and affordable long term transportation plan for the Fraser Valley is a big yawn with local politicians, the premier and the prime minister and thus will be ignored as rubber on asphalt solutions always win elections.


Trans-Canada Highway, seen here at the 216th Street interchange in Langley. (Langley Advance Times file)Trans-Canada Highway, seen here at the 216th Street interchange in Langley. (Langley Advance Times file)

Construction begins on Highway 1 widening in Langley, drivers warned of lane closures

Work to begin Tuesday, Sept. 7

Beginning next week, those moving through Langley on the Trans-Canada Highway can expect more than the typical commuter delays drivers have become accustom to in the area.

On Tuesday (Sept. 7), crews will begin construction work in preparation for the Highway 1 widening project from 216th to 264th streets. Overnight lane closures will be in effect in the area between 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends until summer 2022.

Drivers may also see daytime work in the median, but there will be no daytime lane closures or traffic disruptions, the Ministry of Transportation noted.

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Drivers are reminded to follow the direction of signage and flag persons, as well as obey construction zone speed limits.


One Response to “Rubber on Asphalt”
  1. Bunnyman says:

    The highway needs an upgrade. Lots of people need the highway to get to the interior of BC and other provinces. It is unlikely the government will build passenger rail to and beyond Chiliwack. The old interurban was a failed business and a business should bring it back.

    Zwei replies: The interurban was not a failed business, as it still remains a freight line.

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