Fraser Highway Improvements

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Fraser Highway connects the City of Abbotsford to the Township of Langley and beyond. In recent years, the traffic volumes along Fraser Highway have risen to over 30,000 vehicles per day. This project will help reduce traffic congestion and enhance public safety on Fraser Highway, between Mt. Lehman Road and Station Road and aligns with the City’s strategic goal to improve transportation throughout the City.

The project is currently in Phase 1 of three phases of improvements planned for Fraser Highway.

Phase 1 Improvements:

  • Intersection upgrades at Fraser Highway and Lefeuvre Road, Bradner Road, Ross Road and Stevens Street.
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Fraser Highway connects the City of Abbotsford to the Township of Langley and beyond. In recent years, the traffic volumes along Fraser Highway have risen to over 30,000 vehicles per day. This project will help reduce traffic congestion and enhance public safety on Fraser Highway, between Mt. Lehman Road and Station Road and aligns with the City’s strategic goal to improve transportation throughout the City.

The project is currently in Phase 1 of three phases of improvements planned for Fraser Highway.

Phase 1 Improvements:

  • Intersection upgrades at Fraser Highway and Lefeuvre Road, Bradner Road, Ross Road and Stevens Street.
  • Road widening to include center-left turn lanes at strategic locations.
  • Phase 1 construction will provide traffic improvements through to the year 2025. Phases 2 and 3 are long-term improvements, planned between the years 2025 and 2030.

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    I travel this road every day and left-turn lanes will not have any impact on most of this lane of road. Please, do not wait to install four lanes. This road needs to be four lanes now; it can't wait 10 years. Is this plan set in stone or is it possible that it will be able to be amended and instead of bike lanes and turn lanes, we could have two driving lanes each way in phase 1? Bike lanes and turn lanes could be the next phase.

    lolo asked 8 months ago

    Based on engineering traffic models which form the basis for the planned Fraser Highway improvements, turning vehicles along the corridor at driveway accesses and intersections act as bottlenecks under the existing lane configuration. To deal with this, Phase 1 includes left turn lanes to improve the free-flow capacity of Fraser Highway between intersections, and to prevent spillback of traffic onto through-lanes at intersections. Bike lanes already exist on Fraser Highway and are being maintained with safety improvements. Road widening to four lanes is planned as part of Phase 2 and Phase 3.


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    After reviewing Phase 1 of the Fraser Highway improvements, it would seem that this is a very short-sighted project. Constituents want four lanes, but instead will be receiving bike lanes (and a lower speed limit!), paid for with 7 million dollars in taxpayer money. Wouldn't it make more sense to secure funding and complete the entire project in a few years, rather than wasting millions doing, re-doing, and then re-re-doing it over the next decade?

    JeezieB asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Phase 1 improvements should provide acceptable traffic operations through to the year 2025, based on the traffic study completed for Fraser Highway. Consistency between Phase 1 improvements and subsequent improvements is an important consideration. Major works (e.g. large retaining walls) in Phase 1 are being planned considering the subsequent ultimate road widening to four lanes in Phase 2 and 3.  


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    Why are we waiting for Phase 2 & 3 (years 2025 to 2030) to have Abbotsford’s section of Fraser Hwy go to 4 lanes? This roadway is already super congested to date & thoughts are this projection is too far out. I’d like to hear the city’s thoughts on this.

    cmklasn asked 10 months ago

    The traffic model developed for the Fraser Highway Corridor placed the implementation of Phase 2 and 3 at the years 2025 and 2030, respectively. Phase 1 improvements are intended to reduce traffic congestion through to the year 2025. Over the medium and long-term, Phase 2 and 3 improvements will include widening the full extent of Fraser Highway within Abbotsford to four lanes. Given the costs associated with widening to four lanes, financial support will be pursued from senior levels of government to complete Phase 2 and 3.


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    We all know road widening will not keep up with demand, why isn't Abbotsford looking seriously at the Inter Urban as a form of transit?

    SFCRS asked 10 months ago

    Fraser Highway serves as a regional and local connection that many in our community rely on for travel, goods movement, transit, and carries 30,000 vehicles per day. Phase 1 of this project has the goal to improve the efficiency and safety of those who do chose to use Fraser Highway for their trip; this project is not being undertaken in lieu of developing other modes of transportation. The City believes that it is important for our community, region and province to continue to develop transportation options for residents in the Fraser Valley.  

    Should you have any questions or comments regarding the Fraser Highway Improvements project, please feel free to let us know.


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    Will there be a left turn light installed at Fraser Highway and Lefeuvre Rd.

    Tine asked 11 months ago

    Yes, a left-turn signal is planned for traffic turning from Fraser Highway onto Lefeuvre Road.

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    Will the Fraser highway be four lanes to motor vehicle traffic ?

    KellyDavis asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The final widening of Fraser Highway to four lanes between Mt. Lehman Road and Station Road is planned to occur during Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project.

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    Why would you put bicycle lanes near heavy travelled main arteries , near so much carbon dioxide ?

    KellyDavis asked 11 months ago

    Fraser Highway is designated in the City’s Transportation and Transit Master Plan as a cycling corridor, and Phase 1 will provide interim improvements to the existing bike lanes along the corridor. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will develop the final widening of Fraser Highway, and will consider protected or separated bicycle facilities.


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    Why are you considering bike lanes when there is already not enough room for vehicles? 175,000 people in this town and your trying make 50 bike riders happy, I drive it everyday and rarely ever see cyclist, then put bike lane Huntington Road see on there often

    Garyt asked 11 months ago

    Phase 1 improvements aim to reduce traffic congestion through intersection upgrades and road widening to include centre-left turn lanes. The ultimate four lane cross-section of Fraser Highway is planned for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project. Bike lanes already exist on Fraser Highway, and Phase 1 will be improving safety by adding a 0.5 m buffer between the vehicle travel lane and the shoulder. 


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    I don't agree with having a 60km limit, because it is no longer a highway when a person has to do city speed. I think the bicycle paths need to be further away from the highway. I am not looking forward to going even slower on Fraser highway and may try to avoid it if necessary. The trucks that go along it already make it slow and tedious when driving behind them.

    Gwen asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Phase 1 Improvements include centre-left turn lanes to improve the flow of traffic between intersections. The new speed limit of 60 km/hr is recommended by the Transportation Association of Canada for the safe use of centre-left turn lanes. Protected or separated bicycle facilities will be considered as part of the final widening of Fraser Highway, which will be developed in Phases 2 and 3 of the project.


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    Is the #21 bus to and from fraser highway gonna run more often?

    Carey H asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Further expansion of transit in Abbotsford requires the completion of the new operations and maintenance facility for the Central Fraser Valley Transit System. This facility is currently under construction and we hope that it will be operational by spring 2020. All expansions of transit routes will be evaluated closer to the opening date. 

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    Was consideration given to a future light rail transit extension from the Langley terminus (Fraser Hwy at 203 St) to YXX? If yes, what were the reasons for not making allowances in this expansion project?

    Abby Resident asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The Fraser Highway Phase 1 improvements are intended to improve the safety and efficiency of the Fraser Highway corridor. The regional movement of people and goods is important to the City of Abbotsford as we continue to grow to a population of 200,000 residents, and City Council will continue to work with other senior levels of government on future regional transportation initiatives.   


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    I ride my bicycle quite frequently and would prefer bicycle lanes that are seperate from roads altogether like along fishtrap creek and the Trans Canada trail. Sharing the road with cars and trucks is not enjoyable and not very safe for cyclists. Creating a couple dedicated arteries for east west and north south for pedestrians and cyclists without cars and trucks is the only way to go as far as i am cncerned.

    AllanSteidle asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment. We have forwarded it on to our Transportation team for their information. The ultimate design for bicycle facilities along the corridor will be considered as part of the final widening of Fraser Highway, which will be developed in Phases 2 and 3 of the project.


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    I see the rendering has allowed for a bike lane. Would this be a protected bike lane? Studies have shown that bike lanes need physical protection from cars. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/05/bike-lanes-need-physical-protection-from-car-traffic-study-shows/ Furthermore, if we seriously want to increase the amount of people using alternative means of transportation, like bikes, we need to introduce protected lanes. A new rider is going to feel much safer when in a protected lane when getting passed by transports than a lane only demarcated by paint.

    ReedMoss asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. Phase 1 Improvements to Fraser Highway are intended as an interim step to improve the safety and efficiency of the corridor. Protected or separated bicycle facilities will be considered as part of the final widening of Fraser Highway, which will be developed in Phases 2 and 3 of the project.


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    Why does Fraser Highway need bike lanes are lanes should come first! Please leave the speed limit at 80 KM

    okainth asked about 1 year ago

    When considering design options for Phase 1 of the Fraser Highway Improvement Project, the new speed limit of 60 km/hr is recommended by the Transportation Association of Canada for the safe use of centre-left turn lanes. Cycling on this corridor is important as Fraser Highway is one of only two designated bicycle routes connecting Langley to Abbotsford, and is designated in the City’s Transportation and Transit Master Plan as a cycling corridor. As you may know, bike lanes already exist on Fraser Highway, and this project will be improving the safety for cyclists by adding a 0.5 m buffer between the vehicles and the shoulder.   


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    Brilliant! There are many instances of vehicle traffic routes within Abbotsford where cycling lanes are required. Especially, there is a stretch between Gladwin and Clearbrook on King that presents significant is a danger to pedestrians and cyclists. (Why do I not ask a question? This is a comment, not a question!)

    100mpoolandtenniscourtsplease asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment. We have forwarded it on to our Transportation team for their information.


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    Fraser Hwy & Mt Lehman Rd could use some attention as well.. Are there any plans to address the congestion here?

    kgsmith asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. Improvements to Fraser Highway are being undertaken in 3 Phases. A traffic study of the corridor, between Mt. Lehman Road and Station Road, has established the proposed timeframe for each phase of the project. Work at the intersection of Fraser Highway and Mt. Lehman Road is planned as part of Phase 2 of the project.