Premier Christy Clark marked the half-way completion milestone of the expanded South Fraser Perimeter Road.
“British Columbia is North America’s gateway of choice for Asia Pacific trade and to capitalize on this opportunity, we are aggressively investing in our key transportation links,” said Premier Clark. “The new South Fraser Perimeter Road is a key example of our commitment to getting our goods to market and will connect Pacific Gateway facilities with access to borders, the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and the B.C. Interior.”
“Thanks to the Government of Canada’s strategic investments and partnerships in building the Asia-Pacific Gateway, we are creating jobs for hardworking Canadians here at home, and helping Canadian exports to fast-growing Asia-Pacific countries reach record levels”, said Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. “We are also generating new business opportunities, improving the flow of traffic for commuters, enhancing the efficiency of this world-leading transportation system, attracting investments, and contributing to Canada’s global competitiveness.”
“We are committed to building on our world-class transportation network, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for B.C. families,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom. “The SFPR will help meet the transportation needs of our growing communities in the Lower Mainland and serve expanding markets by providing a four-lane expressway for commercial, commuter and tourism traffic.”
To date, the Pacific Gateway Alliance has completed more than $12 billion in port, rail, air and road improvements, including work to date on the SFPR. A further $10 billion is being invested in key transportation projects that are underway. B.C. is targeting an additional $25 billion to serve expanding Asian demand for Canadian products, while improving the province’s transportation network so goods and people can move safely and smoothly around British Columbia.
The $1.3-billion South Fraser Perimeter Road is expected to create 4,000 construction jobs and 7,000 long-term jobs in manufacturing, light industrial, and small-business operations in Surrey and Delta. The new route supports the “Getting Goods to Market” objective in ‘Canada Starts Here – The BC Jobs Plan’. The federal government is an important contributor to the South Fraser Perimeter Road expansion, funding $365 million to the project.
This new four-lane route on the south side of the Fraser River will transform the Lower Mainland by saving time for commuters, the trucking industry and visitors. Once complete, the SFPR will also connect with major crossings along the Fraser River, including the Massey Tunnel, Alex Fraser Bridge, Pattullo Bridge, Port Mann Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge.