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South Fraser Perimeter Road open for business
B.C.'s newest highway opened on Saturday, linking the TransCanada Highway with BC Ferries for the first time with a 40 kilometre route.
Officially announced a decade ago, the four-lane $1.3 billion South Fraser Perimeter Road began construction in 2010, with its first phase completed in Surrey last December. Now completed and renamed Highway 17, the route connects Tsawwassen and Deltaport Way with Highway 91 and the TransCanada.
The previous Highway 17 which travelled north to Ladner and and the George Massey Tunnel has been renamed Highway 17A and will continue to be used as a local thoroughfare.
Drivers headed to either Richmond or Surrey from Tsawwassen can now take the SFPR to Highway 99, or continue all the way to the Golden Ears Bridge connector. Those leaving Ladner can take Ladner Trunk Road to 72nd Avenue to access the new highway.
The highway will be a designated truck route, eliminating much of the gridlock along River Road in Tilbury's Industrial Park and Highway 17A. It will also take most of the BC Ferries traffic, although signs will still direct drivers to local businesses in Tsawwassen and the Village of Ladner.
The SFPR was funded mostly by the province, with the federal government chipping in $365 million through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, intended to boost trade.