Agassiz/Rosedale/Chilliwack – Both the Rosedale overhead and the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge structures will be improved with seismic and safety retrofits to ensure the Highway 9 corridor is kept safe and reliable, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced Wednesday.
“These two bridges on Highway 9 form a critical link between the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 7, connecting the communities of Rosedale and Agassiz and serving residents, commercial drivers and tourists,” said Stone. “Through BC on the Move, we increased our bridge rehabilitation funding by 50% over previous years, and this latest investment adds to the more than $4 billion in infrastructure replacements and major highway seismic retrofits already undertaken by the B.C. government.”
The ministry will invest approximately $36 million in this two-phase highway rehabilitation project. These structures were built in the 1950s, and they require seismic and safety upgrades to maintain current levels of service for traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- Phase 1 – Design and construction of the Rosedale Overhead – work will start in May 2017, and is scheduled for completion in spring of 2018.
- Phase 2 – Design and construction of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge – design is taking place now, and the construction timeline is still being determined.
“As a government, we have been diligently working to retrofit our existing structures and to build new bridges that meet current-day seismic standards,” said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto. “These structures serve as a critical alternative route to Highway 1. It is exciting that we can add these two crossings to that list of important seismic upgrades.”
The ministry is working in close partnership with the Cheam First Nation on the design of these seismic and safety upgrades.
“Highway 9 is a major connector route for this area, with more than 11,000 vehicles per day using the section near the bridges,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “The work to widen the bridge will improve safety and ensure reliability on this important transportation corridor.”
The Rosedale overhead crosses the railway and is located south of the Fraser River. Work will include seismic upgrades to the abutments and bridge deck, and expansion to allow two-metre-wide shoulders for cyclists and pedestrians.
The Agassiz-Rosedale bridge spans the Fraser River, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is planning a long-term project to fully rehabilitate the bridge and bring it up to modern seismic standards.
Design work is underway for a Highway 9 shoulder enhancement and resurfacing project that will provide a safer, smoother and more efficient ride for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“Highway 9 is an important north-south travel route in the Fraser Valley through the District of Kent, connecting communities,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “We are always looking at ways to improve our infrastructure and upgrade routes, to link communities and make travel safer year round. This shoulder widening and resurfacing work will benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians by making this a safer, smoother roadway.”
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the design phase, working closely with the District of Kent, the Village of Harrison and local First Nations bands. The team intends to hold a stakeholder engagement session with the local communities during the summer of 2017.
“We are actively working to promote a safer and better connection for the residents who live and work in Agassiz, Kent and Harrison,” said MLA for Chilliwack-Kent Laurie Throness. “In the summer months, these communities are seeing a great deal more vehicle traffic, along with more cyclists on the road. This project will create a safer, more-efficient link for all travellers.”
The safety enhancement project will cover a 5.3-kilometre stretch of Highway 9 from Highway 7 at Evergreen Drive in Agassiz to Highway 9 at Macpherson Road in Harrison. The shoulders will be widened on both sides of the highway, to provide a safer connection for cyclists and pedestrians.
Design work is currently underway and being advanced by the project team. Construction will be phased and prioritized once all stakeholder input has been considered and the design is complete.
Rehabilitating highways, bridges and side roads is a key priority in B.C. on the Move, B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan. Over the next three years, the ministry and its partners are investing over $4.6 billion in priority transportation investments as part of this plan.
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