Langley – On budget, on schedule, and officially open!
The 208th Street Overpass has been widened and improved, making it easier and more efficient for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to cross over Highway 1 and travel between Walnut Grove and Willoughby.
The newly widened and upgraded bridge was officially opened May 22 during a ribbon cutting ceremony with Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese, members of Township Council, representatives from project consultant McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd, contractor Eurovia BC Inc., and Township staff.
“Widening this critical transportation route was a priority for the Township of Langley, and there are many residents, local businesses, and visitors who will be very happy to make use of the upgraded overpass,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese. “More and more people are choosing to live and work in the Township, and improvements such as this bridge widening will make it easier to move efficiently and safely throughout our community.”
The project saw 208 Street widened into a four-lane road standard between 84 Avenue and 88 Avenue by building a new two-lane concrete bridge next to the existing bridge, raising medians, and adding turn bays, bike lanes, landscaping, street lighting, and sidewalks.
A seismic assessment was undertaken to build the new structure and retrofit the existing portion of the bridge, which was constructed in 1999, to meet the 2014 edition of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and new state-of-the-art design requirements.
The project cost $6.4 million, including all design and construction costs, and was completed within a year.