Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening

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The City has partnered with the Provincial and Federal governments to improve traffic flow and address the safety problems in the intersection of Highway 11 & Vye Road and the surrounding area, with funding from the Building Canada Fund.

The project includes widening Highway 11 by extending the Nexus lane 1.3 km down to the US border and building a two-lane overpass on Vye Road, between Highway 11 and Riverside Road to improve traffic congestion in the area. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 and be completed in 2021.


The City has partnered with the Provincial and Federal governments to improve traffic flow and address the safety problems in the intersection of Highway 11 & Vye Road and the surrounding area, with funding from the Building Canada Fund.

The project includes widening Highway 11 by extending the Nexus lane 1.3 km down to the US border and building a two-lane overpass on Vye Road, between Highway 11 and Riverside Road to improve traffic congestion in the area. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 and be completed in 2021.


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    Excellent idea! Thanks. We could use the same overpass by Costco for McConnelle Rd., which was promised years ago. Education of the public on how to use roundabouts is a much needed intervention. I've lived in the UK for 7 years and most drivers I see here a clueless.

    scottcalder asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. The scope of the Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening project changed previously due to budget constraints and, as a result, the crossing at McConnell Road is no longer included in this project.

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    how will the extension of the Nexus lane affect people who live in Huntingdon?

    Lyndac asked 12 months ago

    Accessibility to Huntington will improve as the new extended Nexus lane will be dedicated to Nexus card holders and Huntington traffic, while the through lane will be for general border traffic and access to 4th Avenue. 

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    In my opinion all a roundabout would do is cause stress, accidents and it would inconvenience truckers. I thought they were going to build a overpass at the Vye train tracks. That wait is ridiculous. I know a roundabout would be cheaper to build but it's not going to solve anything.

    susan1 asked 11 months ago

    The project includes a road over rail overpass that will eliminate waiting times and in addition to the overpass there will be a roundabout where the overpass ties in with Riverside Road

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    Will there be an accommodation for a safe bike path?

    John Haak asked 11 months ago

    Vye Road, from Highway 11 to Riverside Road will have a 1.7m paved shoulder in both directions and a 1.5m sidewalk on the north side. 

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    You can’t seriously be considering putting a round about here!!? With the number of trucks and farm equipment this will be a disaster!

    Bife asked 11 months ago

    The roundabout is considered the best option for the Riverside Road/ Vye Road intersection and will be designed to accommodate trucks and farm equipment.

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    At long last an answer to the traffic problems in that area! As a resident on the the 34 block of King Road, can I ask for freight traffic to be made to continue down McCallum to Vye Road instead of coming down King Road? The McCallum/Vye Road junction is less difficult to negotiate than the King/Riverside one. The size and number of trucks using our section has increased over the years, and the King Road/Riverside junction is very tight for semi-trucks, plus with the latest provision for homeless, there are far more pedestrians than ever before.

    John Mason asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for this question, I will forward your request to the City's Transportation division to respond

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    This area is the most dangerous part of my bicycle commute from Whatcom Rd area to Clearbrook Rd area. Will this new project include a dedicated bike lane through the whole area that doesn't divert bicycle traffic onto sidewalks at any point.

    lbodkin asked 12 months ago

    The Vye Road improvements will include paved shoulders. Its not classified as a dedicated bike lane, but you certainly won't have to bike on the sidewalks. 

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    I can see by this diagram the traffic when the train is crossing and when the border crossing is heavy it will plug everything up still. It benefits a bit but overall I would say it does not address the major issues.

    Abbygirl asked 12 months ago

    The rail crossing at Vye Road will be eliminated with the construction of the new overpass. The at-grade crossing at 4th Avenue will remain and be upgraded to be inter-connected with the proposed traffic signal at the Sumas Way/4th Avenue intersection. This will not prevent delays when trains are occupying the crossing, but will improve the safety of road users to ensure that the tracks are cleared before the crossing gates close.

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    What about the people who live in Huntingdon. How are we going to access our property during construction and after construction. The border has a constant line up on long weekends which makes it difficult to access our area.

    Madison01 asked about 1 year ago

    The contractor will not be allowed to work during long weekends and weekends when other major events in Abbotsford will take place. Access to the US Border and Huntington will be maintained during construction. Full road closures along Highway 11 is not foreseen at this stage. 

    Although the majority of the work will be limited to widen Highway 11 on the west side, a couple of road crossings will be required to tie in to existing services. Single lane alternative traffic arrangements will then be implemented.

    When the widening on Highway 11 is completed. there will be a center lane southbound that will serve both the Nexus lane users and Huntington. The curb lane will be to accommodate through traffic to the border and 4th Avenue traffic.   

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    During this upgrade of Highway & Vye Road corner will there any chance the Nexus Lane at the railway crossing could be enlarged to allow Nexus participants to access their lane. Whenever there is a line up regular traffic they take the Nexus lane until they cross the tracks which delays Nexus holders from entering the US quicker. We paid extra to have those cards and we should be able to access the Nexus lane unimpeded. Thank you

    Doug35 asked about 1 year ago

    Yes, widening Highway 11 and rail upgrades at the 2nd Avenue rail crossing are included in the project scope. The Nexus lane will be continuous from the US Border to approximately 300m south of Vye Road.

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    as we're upgrading this area why was it not decided to replace the hwy 11 and vye road intersection with a roundabout as well? it seems there is space to accomplish this and roundabouts flow much better than stoplights.

    Nick P asked about 1 year ago

    The intersection at Highway 11 and Vye Road falls under the jurisdiction of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). Although a roundabout option was considered during the preliminary design phase, MoTI decided that the existing traffic signal should remain. It will be upgraded to include left turn turning lanes at all four approaches.

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    When will the NEXUS lanes be widened and lengthened?

    TheBaldEagle asked about 1 year ago

    Widening the Nexus lane from the US Border to approx. 300m south of Vye Road will be part of this project. Anticipated construction start - third quarter of 2019 

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    If traffic cannot exit a business on Vye to get back to Sumas Way (meaning, a left turn onto Vye), then how does all this traffic get back to Sumas Way - Sumas Way being the major corridor and the only road intended and equipped to handle all this traffic. Transport trucks, single vehicle traffic, etc. will quickly clog up Riverside Road either north or south to get back to Sumas Way, via Marshall Road and/or 4th Avenue. Either way, that kind of traffic diversion is going to be a major mistake. Unless McConnell Road is opened up through to Sumas Way this plan will simply trade one big problem for a number of new, big problems. What is the city planning to do to prevent this major planning snafu from occuring?

    Laurie asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments Laurie. A planned roundabout at the Vye  Road/Riverside Road intersection will allow traffic exiting properties on the north side of Vye Road to proceed to Sumas Way.  

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    As an excellent way to curb traffic flow, when will the intersection of Marshall and Old Yale Road get the same consideration?

    Memoresto asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for this question. Upgrading the Marshall Road at Old Yale Road intersection has been identified in the City's Transportation Master Plan and the project is included in the Capital List for 2020. It still has to be decided if the intersection  will be signalized or if a roundabout option is feasible. 

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    How will access to the Sumas border crossing be impacted?

    Colleen asked about 1 year ago

    Delays can be expected due to construction activities and reduced speed limits will be implemented within the construction zones. Access to the Sumas border crossing will remain open.

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    What kind of delays can be expected?

    Colleen asked about 1 year ago

    Major overhead and underground utility relocations are to take place along the Vye Road corridor, followed by a full road closure of Vye Road for the duration of the bridge construction.  During the full road closure of Vye Road, 4th Avenue will be used as the detour route. Access to businesses along Vye Road will be maintained.  

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    What is the construction timeline?

    Colleen asked about 1 year ago

    The start of construction is planned for the second half of 2019 with the completion anticipated for December 2020