Fraser Valley -The Port Mann Bridge project is now complete, now that the new separated Lougheed Highway lanes are blocked off.

So, what’s next for Highway 1?

There has been talk that the highway will be widened to six lanes, all the way to Abbotsford, with construction possibly beginning within the next two years.

The long standing complaint about the Port Mann expansion was that after 200th, when traveling East, a bottleneck slows down traffic as the six lanes drop to four.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone says the plan is to eventually widen the highway to six lanes as far as the Sumas interchange in Abbotsford, but there are no plans to go as far as Annis Road in Chilliwack.

“We recently announced with our federal partners that we would be six-laning to 216th and there would be a new 216th interchange built. That will be the next phase of improvements.”

That work is expected to be complete by 2019, at a cost of $59 million.

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