If you live or drive in the Lower Mainland, you probably already know what this project is all about, but if you’ve never heard of it before, here are a few details to give you an idea about its size and what it means for local communities and the rest of us.
The SFPR is being built as a 40-kilometre, four-lane highway along the south side of the Fraser River, through the communities of Delta and Surrey. If you’re having trouble visualizing that, we’ve got a handy map of the South Fraser Perimeter Road you can check out.
- For the Common Traveller
The eastern portion of the SFPR opened last December. But when the rest of the project is completed, you can expect to see a significant cut in commute times. Anyone travelling roundtrip from Delta to Highway 1 in Langley, for example, will save an hour a day. Multiply that over the year, and that’s a lot of time back for the things you’d rather be doing – yeah, I’m talking to you with the “I’d Rather Be Fishing” bumper sticker.
- For Farmers
And the good news isn’t just about time savings, either. There are environmental benefits, too. The SFPR includes one of the largest environmental and agricultural improvement plans for a highway project in B.C. It will put a new irrigation system in Delta, bringing fresh water from the Fraser River to more than 15,000 acres of farmland and allowing farmers to grow more diverse and higher-yield crops.
- For Commercial Vehicles
Those crops have to reach their destinations, too. Well, the new route will improve economic and business opportunities along the corridor making it faster, safer and easier for industry to haul freight to and from Deltaport.If you’d like to find out more, please visit the South Fraser Periemeter Road website. You can also keep in the loop by signing up for email updates and text message alerts.