Significant Milestones

There have been many milestone accomplishments within BC’s transportation network since 2001. The following list contains a few of the highlights:

 

2001

  • Construction begins on a decade-long program to improve oil and gas rural roads for the northeast, resulting in $435 million to improve and strengthen highways and side roads used by the oil and gas industry.

 

2002

  • B.C. and Canada invest over $30 million to upgrade B.C./U.S. border crossings to improve public safety and support the flow of goods and services.

 

2003

  • The Province releases Opening Up B.C. – a 10-year plan to build on B.C.’s competitive advantages with strategic investments in our transportation network.

 

2005

  • The first phase of the Cariboo Connector program announced, a project to four-lane the entire length of Highway 97 between Prince George and Cache Creek.

 

2006

  • Mountain Pine Beetle Program was announced, resulting in $240 million invested to repair highways and roads impacted by the hauling of mountain pine beetle-infected wood.

 

2007

  • Phase 1 of the Fairview container terminal (Port of Prince Rupert) opens – leading to rapid growth in container traffic.
  • B.C. and Canada commit to the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program, funded by an unprecedented collaboration of 12 partners. The program consists of nine road-rail projects in Delta, Surrey, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley for delivery by 2014, including eight overpass projects to separate road and rail traffic.

 

2008

  • The William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake opens. It is the only floating bridge in Canada, and one of only nine in the world.
  • Bike BC is established to identify and build cycling facilities of regional and provincial significance while continuing to help local governments develop their local networks.

 

2009

  • The Canada Line opens, making Vancouver International Airport the first airport in Canada directly served by rapid transit.
  • The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project is completed, significantly improving safety, reliability and capacity of the highway serving communities between West Vancouver and Whistler.
  • The expanded Prince George Airport opens, including a large runway expansion to 11,450 feet, making it the third-longest commercial runway in Canada and increasing its competitive advantage as a refuelling stop for international cargo flights.
  • Kelowna International Airport completes a major runway extension. Work on a two-phased terminal building expansion to meet forecasted traffic demand is currently underway.
  • 244 new buses were added to service it in 2008/2009.

 

2010

  • Kelowna Rapid Bus service begins.
  • The third berth at the Deltaport container terminal opens in 2010, raising terminal capacity by 50%.

 

2011

  • The Marine Shore Power Program – the first of its kind in Canada – allows cruise ships to plug in to electrical outlets while they’re docked, instead of idling their diesel generators.
  • The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project, which will include a new overpass and a series of road and rail projects to improve movement of goods and equipment, is annouced.
  • The Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook) completed a major runway expansion and terminal expansion project.
  • Improvements to the Abbotsford International Airport completed, including expansion of the terminal building, lengthening of the main runway and development of a parallel taxiway system.

 

2012

  • Work begins on the Ridley Island Road, Rail and Utility Corridor Project, which will provide key foundational infrastructure for future terminal improvements on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, directly contributing to our provincial goals for LNG and other industries such as potash and coal.
  • The new Port Mann Bridge opens, easing congestion on one of the Lower Mainland’s busiest highways.
  • Announcement of Phase 2 of the Cariboo Connector Project, adding a further 30 km of four-laning, which will result in almost 50 per cent of the 440-kilometre highway between Cache Creek and Prince George being three or four lanes wide.
  • Lower Mainland Highway 99 shoulder bus lanes completed, improving transit service from Surrey and Delta to Richmond.
  • Four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border over the next 10 years is announced.
  • Construction begins on the Evergreen Line, which will provide fast, frequent and convenient rapid transit from Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby. Northern Rockies Regional Airport at Fort Nelson completed a terminal expansion to accommodate an increase in passenger volumes resulting from LNG sector development.

 

2013

  • The South Fraser Perimeter Road (Highway 17) opens to provide a more efficient route for commercial traffic moving in and out of the Lower Mainland.
  • Cariboo Connector Project Phase 1 completed, implementing 40 km of new four-laning on Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George.
  • Announcement of significant Trans-Canada Highway expansion projects between Kamloops and the Alberta border, including Monte Creek to Pritchard Phase 2, which will add over 7 km of new four-lane capacity, in conjunction with 6 km of four-laning from Pritchard to Hoffman’s Bluff Phase 1 and 2, with Phase 1 already underway.
  • Completion of Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, a significant Highway 1 four-laning project between Golden and the Alberta border, including replacement of the Park Bridge.
  • George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project announced with construction starting in 2017.

 

2014

  • Over 5 km of new median barrier completed on the Malahat Corridor, with a second round of safety improvements and additional median barriers announced. When complete, over 50% of the Malahat Highway will have median barriers.