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Heavy congestion along Highway 1 through Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 1:59 pm PDT

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Give yourself some extra time if you’re looking to get through Highway 1 in both directions today.

The route is busier than usual due to winter weather conditions and vehicle incidents. Backups are being seen across the Lower Mainland, including along major crossings like the Port Mann Bridge.

On that bridge, multiple vehicle stalls are causing delays in both directions.

Sheets of ice covering some parts of the highway are making for slippery conditions, and people are being reminded to ensure they have proper tires for winter driving conditions.

“The problem here is the surface down below has frozen over completely, it hasn’t had that chance to even thaw from all the recent rain, and that means that all the traffic has slowed down to more stop than go, and cars just aren’t moving,” NEWS 1130’s Bruce Claggett explains of the situation in Langley. “Give yourself extra time may be good advice, but at this point, people just aren’t moving on Highway 1.”

Chris Spurrell, a dispatcher with Payless Towing, says they don’t have enough trucks to keep up with demand, and drivers need to slow down.

“People just have no idea what to do. They’re not keeping up space,” he says. “My favourite one is the summer tires club. They’re our favourite ones definitely.”

Maintenance crews have also been scrambling with more than 100 Mainroad employees and mechanical support working 24/7.

Meanwhile, crews in Langley are still on the scene of an early morning crash that left a semi wedged under the overpass at 264th Street. Eastbound traffic is down to one lane.

With files from Marcella Bernardo