Direct connections at Cape Horn

After four years of construction, work crews are putting the final touches on the new Cape Horn interchange.

A tunnel connecting Mary Hill Bypass from Highway 1 eastbound will open to traffic Sunday, eliminating the need for drivers to turn on to United Boulevard or Lougheed Highway.

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Next Thursday, Sept. 12, a second connection will open up, allowing Port Mann bridge traffic coming from Surrey to make its way directly to Lougheed Highway's westbound lanes. The stretch of pavement will also provide a direct link to Lougheed from the Mary Hill Bypass.

Mike Proudfoot, CEO of the Transportation Investment Corp., which is overseeing the project, said the new links will save commuters a considerable amount of time.

"Reconstruction of the Cape Horn interchange - the most complex interchange in British Columbia - has truly been a megaproject within a megaproject," he said. "The upcoming openings of the new overpasses and underpasses are a major milestone for the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project that will make a huge difference for commuters."

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

A rendering shows what the Cape Horn interchange looked like before and after construction

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