Travel time signs to spur Highway 1 drivers to pay tolls (with video)

Digital displays underscore time savings for those who pay to cross Port Mann Bridge



Eight overhead digital message signs along Highway 1 in Metro Vancouver now display live travel time estimates to key points along the corridor.

By showing what are usually shorter travel times over the tolled Port Mann Bridge, government officials hope more drivers will pay up and stop taking an alternate free route across the Fraser River.

“This travel time information will reinforce the benefits of the Port Mann Bridge and confirm what many drivers already know – they’re saving significant time by choosing Highway 1,” Transportation Investment Corp. president Irene Kerr said.

Transportation ministry officials say travel time surveys show regular Port Mann users save 40 minutes a day – more than three hours a week – compared to compared to battling traffic through New Westminster to take the untolled Pattullo Bridge.

A ceremony staged Thursday officially ended construction of the $3.3-billion Port Mann/Highway 1 project.

“Without the builders and visionaries behind the Port Mann / Highway 1 project, drivers would still be bumper-to-bumper in Western Canada’s worst bottleneck,” Stone said, thanking workers for their efforts and drivers for their patience.

Earlier this summer, direct connection lanes opened that link Surrey and Coquitlam with no need to merge with other Highway 1 traffic.

A multi-use path also opened on the bridge giving cyclists a new route across the Fraser River (see video below.)

The new toll bridge opened in December of 2012, but lane construction continued since then along the freeway corridor.

Registered drivers of standard vehicles initially paid $1.50 to cross the bridge thanks to an introductory half-price discount. But the $3 base tolls kicked in a year later, and they were raised to $3.15 per crossing this summer.

Despite the touted travel time savings, the number of drivers paying to cross the bridge has not met the province’s initial forecasts, and the TI Corp.’s annual operating losses have climbed above $100 million a year.

Traffic counts over the Port Mann actually fell 3.9 per cent last year, but are running five per cent higher so far in 2015.

TI Corp. officials insist they expect tolls to pay off the project costs on schedule by 2050.

The old Port Mann Bridge is still being dismantled and that work is to be finished later this fall.

Just Posted

Noted fiddlers bring kids to Surrey stage for ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’ concert

Bell theatre date for Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy as they reunite for 23-city tour of Canada

Surrey-based business donates $1M to hospital’s children centre improvements

Surrey Hospital Foundation kicks off campaign for ‘transformation’ of children’s centre

OUR VIEW: Surrey’s unsung heroes inspire

The Now-Leader was proud to celebrate some deserving unsung heroes in this city on Wednesday night

North Delta family raising money for brain cancer treatment

23-year-old Tashina Janus and her family are raising funds to get her immunotherapy in the U.S.

Surrey opera singer brings Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ to Vancouver stage

Nancy Hasiuk-Lay has been hailed for her ‘sparkling and crystalline vocal tone’

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

Surrey mayor claims he can extend Skytrain for the $1.65 billion already committed to light rail

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Most Read