Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening

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The City has partnered with the Provincial and Federal governments, through the Building Canada Fund and Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program, as well as with Southern Railway of British Columbia and Canadian Pacific Railway, to improve traffic congestion and safety in the Vye Road area.

The project includes a 1.3km widening of Highway 11 to extend the NEXUS lane from south of Vye Road to the US border, building a two-lane overpass on Vye Road, between Highway 11 and Riverside Road, and safety improvements to the 4th Avenue at-grade railway crossing west of Highway 11.

During infrastructure work on the Vye Road overpass and Highway 11 widening project, previously undocumented archaeological materials were identified. The City of Abbotsford was notified of the findings on June 24, 2021, and work on this project was immediately stopped.

Archaeological sites in B.C. are protected by the Archaeology Branch within the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development which is responsible for the management of archaeological resources in accordance with BC’s Heritage Conservation Act. The site of the archaeological findings has been registered with the Archaeology Branch.

Future road construction for the Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening Project will proceed under the recommendations provided by a qualified archaeologist. The City has engaged a Registered Professional Consulting Archaeologist to provide archaeological support. We value our relationship with Indigenous communities and want to ensure our activities respect their long-standing care and stewardship of these lands.

As we are working through this process, an updated start and completion date for the project has not yet been determined.

The City has partnered with the Provincial and Federal governments, through the Building Canada Fund and Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program, as well as with Southern Railway of British Columbia and Canadian Pacific Railway, to improve traffic congestion and safety in the Vye Road area.

The project includes a 1.3km widening of Highway 11 to extend the NEXUS lane from south of Vye Road to the US border, building a two-lane overpass on Vye Road, between Highway 11 and Riverside Road, and safety improvements to the 4th Avenue at-grade railway crossing west of Highway 11.

During infrastructure work on the Vye Road overpass and Highway 11 widening project, previously undocumented archaeological materials were identified. The City of Abbotsford was notified of the findings on June 24, 2021, and work on this project was immediately stopped.

Archaeological sites in B.C. are protected by the Archaeology Branch within the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development which is responsible for the management of archaeological resources in accordance with BC’s Heritage Conservation Act. The site of the archaeological findings has been registered with the Archaeology Branch.

Future road construction for the Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening Project will proceed under the recommendations provided by a qualified archaeologist. The City has engaged a Registered Professional Consulting Archaeologist to provide archaeological support. We value our relationship with Indigenous communities and want to ensure our activities respect their long-standing care and stewardship of these lands.

As we are working through this process, an updated start and completion date for the project has not yet been determined.

CLOSED: The consultation for this project is now closed.

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    An unmarked shoulder does not hold up to scrutiny against the official community plan that prioritizes active transportation and transit over other modes of transportation. AAA active transportation infrastructure is required.

    Ross_Brown asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The City’s Transportation and Transit Master Plan designates Huntingdon Road and a portion of Vye Road as ‘Bicycle Lane; Paved Shoulder’ to accommodate active modes of transportation. The new Vye Road overpass design includes accommodations for pedestrians with a concrete barrier separated sidewalk, and a 1.7 m shoulder that is intended to accommodate cyclist on the structure in each direction. These items will support the active transportation considerations for the road infrastructure on either side of the overpass.

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    So now that 2020 is complete (amen), what is the updated timeline on this? As clearly its not going to be completed in 2021. This is a great project, and I hope it all comes to ASAP. Especially the Huntingdon access and the Nexus lane extension.

    Greenshot asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The project construction is planned to start in March 2021. The initial construction will include road and signal improvements along 4th Avenue, between Riverside Road and Highway 11 (Sumas Way), as part of the project detour implementation. These initial works will help facilitate the flow of traffic through the project areas impacted by the Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening Project. Works along Vye Road and Highway 11 are planned to begin in summer 2021 and will extend through to late 2022.

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    When does this project start construction

    Jim Dooley asked 7 months ago

    Project construction is expected to start in March 2021. Initial construction works will include road and signal improvements along 4th Avenue, between Riverside Road and Highway 11 (Sumas Way), as part of the project detour implementation. These initial works will help facilitate the flow of traffic through the areas impacted by the upcoming construction on the Vye Road Overpass and Highway 11 Widening Project.  

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    Great idea! I'm just curious if the line-ups into the Abbotsford Transfer Station have also been considered with this new traffic model? I have seen it back up at least twice this summer so much so that it starts to impede traffic at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Vye Road.

    bethv asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. Traffic entering the First Class Transfer Station was not specifically considered in the modelling. However, the number of vehicles that access this property would have been included in the traffic count data used for the project. 

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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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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