The new 208 Street overpass was officially opened on May 22 by (left to right) Township Councillor Petrina Arnason; McElhanney Consulting’s Raj Singh, Bridge Design Manager; McElhanney Consulting’s Dave Dulay, Project Manager; Township Mayor Jack Froese; and Township Councillors Charlie Fox, Angie Quaale, and Blair Whitmarsh. Engineer of Record Saqib Khan of McElhanney and other project partners were also on hand for the event. Submitted photo

Township officially opens upgraded 208 Street overpass

Overpass between Walnut Grove and Willoughby widened to four lanes

On budget, on schedule and officially open.

The 208 Street overpass has been widened to four lanes, making it easier and more efficient for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to cross over Highway 1 and travel between Walnut Grove and Willoughby.

The upgraded bridge was officially opened May 22 during a ribbon cutting ceremony with Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese, members of Township council, representatives from project consultant McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd, contractor Eurovia BC Inc. and Township staff.

“Widening this critical transportation route was a priority for the Township of Langley, and there are many residents, local businesses, and visitors who will be very happy to make use of the upgraded overpass,” said Froese in a press release.

“More and more people are choosing to live and work in the Township, and improvements such as this bridge widening will make it easier to move efficiently and safely throughout our community.”

The $6.4 million project saw 208 Street widened into a four-lane road standard between 84 Avenue and 88 Avenue by building a new two-lane concrete bridge next to the existing bridge, raising medians, and adding turn bays, bike lanes, landscaping, street lighting and sidewalks. All work was completed within one year.

A seismic assessment was undertaken to build the new structure and retrofit the existing portion of the bridge, which was constructed in 1999, to meet the 2014 edition of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and new design requirements.

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