Truck Routes

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The City of Abbotsford recently introduced the new Street and Traffic Bylaw, 2021. As part of this process, existing and future commercial truck routes within the City boundaries were reviewed. The goal is to improve access to commercial and industrial areas within the City boundaries and to limit the impacts on residential areas and local neighbourhood traffic.

In the 2018 Transportation & Transit Master Plan the City identified that an effective truck route network is an essential component as the movement of goods is critical for the economic wellbeing of the City. The proposed changes include consideration of the existing truck routes in Langley and Chilliwack to ensure the entire goods movement system is efficient and avoids circuitous routes throughout the region.

Proposed changes to the City's truck network include:

  • Removing a portion of King Road from the designated truck network between McCallum Road and Riverside Drive in conjunction with the U District Neighbourhood Plan
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on McCallum Road between King Road and Huntingdon Road.
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on Whatcom Road between Highway 1 and Vye Road.
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on Foy Street between Marshall Road and King Road.

The City of Abbotsford recently introduced the new Street and Traffic Bylaw, 2021. As part of this process, existing and future commercial truck routes within the City boundaries were reviewed. The goal is to improve access to commercial and industrial areas within the City boundaries and to limit the impacts on residential areas and local neighbourhood traffic.

In the 2018 Transportation & Transit Master Plan the City identified that an effective truck route network is an essential component as the movement of goods is critical for the economic wellbeing of the City. The proposed changes include consideration of the existing truck routes in Langley and Chilliwack to ensure the entire goods movement system is efficient and avoids circuitous routes throughout the region.

Proposed changes to the City's truck network include:

  • Removing a portion of King Road from the designated truck network between McCallum Road and Riverside Drive in conjunction with the U District Neighbourhood Plan
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on McCallum Road between King Road and Huntingdon Road.
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on Whatcom Road between Highway 1 and Vye Road.
  • Adding a new segment to the designated truck network on Foy Street between Marshall Road and King Road.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    I think more enforcement of truck route usage/speed, etc is needed and more consideration given to reducing noise impacts when these routes go through/by residential areas - including along Sumas Way (work with the province on this to improve conditions).

    zinnia asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We are working on improving enforcement of our truck routes. We will also look more closely at noise impacts as we move forward.

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    Would you please consult with Bike Abbotsford? The lead person is a commercial truck operator with extensive insight as a commercial operator and a vulnerable road user with over 10,000 km cycled annually in Abbotsford and the Lower Mainland.

    Ross_Brown asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We're in regular communication with Bike Abbotsford and will continue to do so.

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    There is no reason to go down King from Clearbrook other than to go to park their trucks. You are telling me they can not get on the highway at Clearbrook. And they can go south on Clearbrook to get to Huntington . There is no just able reason they have to go through the U District and school zone on King. They are not making any deliveries in that section of King.

    J C asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We will take it into consideration and analyze the necessity of King Road as a truck route between Clearbrook Road and McCallum Road.

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    In section 58-D C Why are fully loaded B trains of lumber allowed to park on the existing farm land / truck yards on King road between Clearbrook and Jackson. I believe in Division one this is classed as an Agricultural area. I believe that they can have some freight trucks but not fully loaded trailers . You can tell exactly where they are by the cracks in the pavement. The newest yard was just fenced with an automated gate and truck company sign. With damage to the road and cost to the tax payer I hope they are at least industrial property tax. Either it is commercial or farm land if it's going to be a truck yard take it out of the farm land. It will be a shame to see all that new surfaceing done by the city infront of Dosanjh Estates be broken up in three months by fully loaded trucks. So if it is going to be a truck route in your plan through Agricultural Area are you going to enforce the Bylaws that are in place.

    J C asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. Your concerns about truck parking in ALR lands will be directed to the appropriate parties in Planning and Bylaw Enforcement. King Road is no longer a truck route east of McCallum Road. The newly paved section that extends to Riverside Road is not expected to see high truck volumes.

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    Reviewing the current map of Abbotsford Truck routes, I see that Lefeuvre Road is not part of the network. In spite of this, there are many trucks using this road at higher than posted speeds and constantly using engine brakes when approaching Fraser Hwy. Is the latest map accurate? If so, why are these trucks allowed to access Fraser Hwy via Lefeuvre Road. The excessive noise and increased risk to our safety due to an abundance of over-sized vehicles has negatively impaceted our quality of life in our residential area?

    Achim asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Lefeuvre Road currently functions as a truck route and has the appropriate associated signage. Trucks are currently using it as a connection to King Road due to the incomplete section of King Road. King Road was designated as a truck route by BC Ministry of Transportation working in conjunction with multiple Lower Mainland municipalities. Construction for the missing section is underway. When the new King Road connection is complete, trucks will be able to access King Road directly from Marshall Road and will no longer need to use Lefeuvre Road. 

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    Are gravel trucks hauling out of Cox Landing on Sumas Mountain allowed to use Page and Beharrell Roads? They are constantly over loaded even losing gravel when going around corners.

    Robert J asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Street and Traffic Bylaw requires trucks to use the most direct route to reach a truck route. Page Road allows access to northbound Highway 11 and Beharrell Road and Harris Road allows access to southbound Highway 11. 

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    If you are removing a portion of King road between MacCallum and Riverside in conjunction with the U District neighbourhood plan. Why is King road from Jackson to MacCallum not also removed because this portion is also in the U District and has Jackson Elementary on it. With section 57-1A I assume this is why there are freight trucks with trailers on Hawthorne every second day. I assume the only reason is to get off Hwy one and take the shortest route to the truck route on King. That must also explain the Highway Tractor trucks parked in the area. As you may know a truck and 40 ft trailer didn't make the corner of Hawthorne and Jackson with a city bus.

    J C asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The beginning and end of any truck route should also connect to another truck route. If the truck route on King Road ends at Jackson Street there would be a gap in connectivity, therefore King Road is a truck route until McCallum Road which is also a truck route. Following the Street and Traffic Bylaw, trucks are to use McCallum Road to get from the interchange at Highway 1 to King Road, not Hawthorn Avenue. We are currently working on better enforcement of truck routes and changes to the bylaw regarding truck parking. 

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    Why can't the traffic lights on Babich and Maclure be normal traffic lights. Right now they are pedestrian controlled lights so when you are entering Maclure from Babich it's hard to cross the two lanes because cars and massive trucks come speeding along that road. There have been multiple accidents. The police are sometimes there with speed cameras but I'm not sure what good that does because people still speed. Also the view is partially blocked by the gray box to the right hand side of Babich on Maclure.

    Laura A asked 3 months ago

    The City uses Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) guidelines to determine the need for traffic signals. The TAC Signal Warrant analysis is the industry standard across Canada and takes into account traffic volumes, delays, and collisions history. This intersection was last analyzed in 2020 before the pandemic lockdowns. It was determined at the time that it does not meet the warrant for a full traffic signal. The City is actively monitoring this intersection and a full signal will be installed when the warrant is met. The grey box on the south east side of the intersection contains the controller and other electronics for the pedestrian signal. It would be difficult to move it without affecting the function of the pedestrian signal.

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    Please move the truck route on Sumas Prairie from the end of Vye up Powerhouse, Wellsline and Dixon over to Marion, that makes a direct route that does not have as many turns on it, and it moves the trucks off the direct cycle route between Chilliwack and Abbotsford

    Jim asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We will take it into consideration. 

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    Why do we continualy have tandem gravel trucks along Downes road when there are specific signs both at My. Lehman and Gladwin road intersections that say Downes road is not a truck route! I have not specifically sat and counted how many trucks actually come along here but it is a lot and continues on into the evening and very early morning. Speed of them is also another issue in spite of a solar speed sign being installed 2 years ago.

    Yvonne asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. Trucks are allowed to depart from designated truck routes to make deliveries providing they are taking the most direct route to and from the delivery location from a truck route. We are continuing to work on reducing speeding on City roads.