The Steveston Interchange Project is a key part of the Highway 99 Tunnel Program to improve travel for people along the Highway 99 corridor. Currently, these are the most frequently asked questions.
- The current Steveston Interchange opened more than 60 years ago and was not designed to accommodate modern traffic volumes. The current interchange offers limited connection for people walking and cycling, which no longer aligns with regional priorities.
- The new interchange will improve safety and reliability for drivers, goods movement, transit service, cyclists and pedestrians. It will be designed to meet modern seismic, structural, and roadway design standards. A new interchange is needed to modernize this critical link between Steveston Highway and Highway 99.
- The Project team has met, and continues to meet, with local and regional governments, Indigenous groups, and the public on the corridor improvements. We will work to ensure people are updated as the project progresses.
- The current structure offers limited connections for people walking and cycling. There is a sidewalk on the north side only and no dedicated cycling infrastructure, which means anyone wishing to bike across Highway 99 via Steveston Highway must cycle in the only car lane that runs in each direction. The new interchange includes a sidewalk and separated cycling lane on both sides of the structure to ensure active transportation is safe and convenient.
- Just like other vehicles, transit buses are often delayed as they travel onto the Steveston Interchange. The addition of more lanes will improve travel times for transit users, too.
- The new interchange will address these challenges in several ways:
- Signal priority for buses at intersections
- Dedicated transit lane and in-lane bus stop in the northbound offramp
- Westbound transit island on the east side of the interchange
- During construction, the project team’s goal is to ensure residents and commuters have the information about the project they need.
- We recognize that major projects can be disruptive, and our goal is to ensure predictability and reliability for road users and neighbours. The contractor is required to ensure access is maintained at all times to all residences, local businesses and medical services.
- We will work with the contractor to provide updates about any construction-related access changes through traffic news outlets, email notifications, DriveBC and our website.
- We will provide ongoing updates about traffic-pattern changes to residents, local businesses, offices and the public in advance, through traffic news outlets, social media and our website.
- There will be a 24-hour phone line for inquiries and email address.
- The project team is committed to open, two-way communications and if you have any questions we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.