An additional lane is now open on the Alex Fraser Bridge
The lane was created after an adjusted this summer on the northbound lanes on the bridge. Four lanes are now available for southbound traffic, with three lanes remaining for northbound.
The seventh lane, the government says, will add capacity and help ease traffic congestion on the corridor, especially during the afternoon peak period.
Meanwhile, work continues on the intelligent transportation signs needed for the counter-flow operation, and the ministry expects the zipper-truck barrier system to be in place later in the fall.
The zipper truck is a heavy vehicles that moves lane barriers to ease traffic congestion.
Once the counter-flow system is in operation, people can expect time savings of 12 to 16 minutes during the southbound afternoon rush and about six minutes during the northbound morning rush.
“Commuters and other highway users can expect to save about 12 to 16 minutes during the afternoon rush hour and about six minutes during the morning rush hour,” the transportation minister said.
The project cost $70 million, which also includes traffic signs that will be installed later this year.