WATCH: A movable barrier system similar to this one will be used to create the extra lane
Good news for commuters who rely on the Alex Fraser Bridge: The province is squeezing an extra lane out of the span in a bid to cut rush hour congestion.
The Ministry of Transportation says it’s adding a seventh lane to the bridge by narrowing each of the currently existing six.
That will create a new counterflow lane, using a moveable barrier to shift it either north or southbound as needed.
The ministry says the new lane should cut transit times during the afternoon rush by 12-16 minutes.
It’s also adding 13 electronic signs to the highway network, which will display real-time information about crossing delays to commuters.
The project is being budgeted at $70-million, and is expected to be complete by spring of next year.