New Vedder Bridge Opening Delayed To Friday September 1

Chilliwack/Cultus Lake/Columbia Valley – AUGUST 30 UPDATE –   Existing asphalt on Vedder Mountain Road was found to be 16 inches thick and therefore took significantly longer to remove than anticipated. As such, the roadworks schedule has been adjusted.

The Chilliwack Lake Road connection will be built Wednesday night. To prepare for this, throughout the day  crews will begin asphalt removals on Chilliwack Lake Road. On Friday morning, beginning at 4AM, paving will occur on Vedder Mountain northbound and the Chilliwack Lake Road connection.

North and southbound Vedder Road will be two-way by 7 AM on Thursday, August 31. While all road connections continue to be maintained, there will continue to be delays and detours in place until completion.

While all road connections continue to be maintained, there will continue to be delays and detours in place until completion on Friday, September 1. Please follow construction signage and flagger personnel direction. Consider using alternate routes during construction. For the full update, visit

AUGUST 28 UPDATE – Jennifer Kinnerman with the FVRD took to Facebook to announce that the south bound lane of the new Vedder Bridge is open. This as traffic re-routing is underway and we get used to driving the new structure. A complete changeover to the new bridge is slated for mid-week.

AUGUST 23 UPDATE – As the ribbon cutting was about to happen for the new Vedder Bridge, some great news. Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz announced at Emil Anderson Construction and the $12.5M three level government funded project is on pace to open earlier than expected. This weekend, overnight paving on the North and South approaches will take place and the new bridge should be open to traffic by Wednesday August 30.

City, Provincial and Federal dignitaries along with 250-300 on lookers took in the free public unveiling and BBQ.

Soon after the new bridge is open to traffic, work will start to decommission and dismantle the old bridge which has carried traffic over the river since 1948. (For the record, there have been seven Vedder Bridges since the first was constructed in 1879).

Earlier this month, the announcement was made for a new roundabout to replace the three way light at Columbia Valley/Cultus Lake Road and Vedder Mountain Road. When both projects are complete, traffic is expected to have a smoother flow in and out of Cultus Lake and through to Chilliwack, Yarrow and the Columbia Valley.

Chilliwack Counc. Chris Kloot, MP Mark Strahl, Mayor Sharon Gaetz, Cheif,Squiala First Nation David Jimmie, Counc. Sue Attrill, Counc. Ken Popove, FVRD Electoral Area Director Taryn Dixon


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