It cost $1.2-billion to build and was completed less than two years ago, but already the South Fraser Perimeter Road that runs through Surrey and Delta needs repairs.
The Transportation Ministry says data collection continues on ways to fix what it calls the highway’s ‘settlement’ or sinking.
Transportation Ministry spokesperson Kirsten Pedersen says several options are on the table for a long term solution, including raising the grade of the road to even out the highway that runs through Surrey and Delta.
“What we’re wanting to do now is to address the issue of the uneven pavement that has arisen in that area… We expect to have a preferred solution identified by the concessionaire by the end of April.”
Pedersen says the worst section is near 136th Street in Surrey where warning signs and speed reader boards are posted.
She says that’s the location the Kinder Morgan pipeline and a sewer line run underneath the highway.
“We need to ensure that whatever long term strategy is developed for that area, we need to be sure it’s going to be effective and suitable for the long term.”
Pedersen says a large concrete slab was placed over the utilities for protection at the time of construction and along with the road’s settlement is causing the uneven pavement.