Road improvements intended to divert truck traffic from downtown Mission have been delayed until spring.
In November, the province announced changes to a pair of significant Mission intersections that would move heavy truck traffic bound for Highway 11 away from the downtown core. Work was expected to begin in late fall 2023 and finish in summer 2024, pending a successful contract award.
However, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the contract for road improvements in Mission is being finalized. Work on the new truck route is expected to begin this spring. The improvements are for the Highway 7 and Murray Street intersection and the Glasgow Avenue and Horne Street intersection.
“Once the contractor is on board and the work schedule finalized, the ministry will work with the municipality and the Mission Downtown Business Association to confirm a project traffic management plan,” the Ministry told the Mission Record.
“While there will be some localized delays, the ministry and contractor will work to ensure the impact to traffic during construction is kept to a minimum.”
Work at the Highway 7 and Murray Street intersection will widen Highway 7 to accommodate changing the inside westbound through lane to a dedicated left turn lane and adding roughly 150 metres to the left turn lane.
To accommodate truck turning movement, improvements on Glasgow and Horne will include realignment, relocation of the traffic signal and adjustments to paint markings.
Both intersections will be paved after the work and signal timing will be adjusted to ensure smooth traffic flow.