The new 216th Street interchange is operational, providing another convenient connection for people living and working in Township of Langley communities on the north and south sides of Highway 1.
“This new interchange over Highway 1 will increase safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians as they travel across Langley,” said Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Improving highway and road infrastructure is critical to keeping Canadians safe while on the move for work, school and other daily activities. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds stronger communities.”
The four-lane interchange at 216th Street provides access to Highway 1 eastbound and westbound. It officially opened on Sept. 4, 2020. The interchange also supports active transportation in the region by providing new pedestrian and cycling access across Highway 1.
“The Township of Langley has grown significantly in recent years, and safe access has been identified as a priority,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This new interchange provides an alternative crossing of Highway 1, relieving traffic congestion at the 200th and 232nd street interchanges and providing additional access to the freeway.”
As part of this project, Highway 1 has been widened from four lanes to six lanes between 202nd and 216th streets. High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramps will be extended to and from 202nd Street. The HOV corridor is now continuous from Grandview Highway in Vancouver to 216th Street in Langley.
“This much-anticipated new interchange is an important transportation link that will greatly enhance travel for residents, businesses and visitors,” said Jack Froese, mayor, Township of Langley. “Not only will it reduce congestion, create shorter commute times and move people and goods more efficiently throughout our region, the HOV lanes and improved access for walkers and cyclists will encourage people to make transportation choices that are better for the environment.”
To accommodate the new interchange, 216th Street has been reconstructed and widened between 80th Avenue and Telegraph Trail. Noise-mitigation measures have been included on both sides of the highway and along the west side of 216th Street from the highway to 88th Avenue. Final works, including landscaping and cleanup, will be ongoing throughout September.
The majority of project work on 216th Street north of the new interchange has been funded separately by the Township of Langley to a maximum of $5.3 million, including the widening of 216th Street to Telegraph Trail and the noise wall on the west side of 216th Street.
The Highway 1 – 216th Interchange Project is valued at $61.9 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $22.3 million under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects. The Government of British Columbia contributed $27.3 million and the Township of Langley contributed $12.3 million.
More information on the Highway 1 – 216th Interchange project is available online: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/highway1-216th