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Provincial government announces new interchange for 72nd Ave at Hwy 91

Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm PDT

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DELTA¬†(NEWS 1130) –¬†After years of waiting, an interchange is finally coming for Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue.

There’s also a chance a counterflow lane will be set up on the Alex Fraser Bridge.

“We expect to begin construction on this new interchange at 91 and 72nd this fall, and it will be open and in use within a couple of years after that,” says Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

The key here is the elimination of the last traffic signal you hit before the bridge.

“We’re also exploring the possible implementation of a counterflow system on the Alex Fraser Bridge, which could involve the establishment of a seventh lane,” says Stone.

Engineers are expected to report back on the feasibility of a counterflow lane within weeks.

The province will also add three tow trucks to help clear vehicles after stalls or crashes.

Down the line, the province will explore building interchanges at Nordel and Sunbury.

Construction is slated to start by fall for the $30-million project, with the province picking up two-thirds of the bill.

This interchange was already announced previously a number of years ago but was eventually put on the backburner after a third party backed out after initially indicating it would pay $10-million toward the project.