The SFPR corridor runs predominantly east/west on the south side of the River Fraser through the Corporation of Delta and the City of Surrey. The corridor provides a 40 km long, four lane divided highway forming a key component of British Columbia’s “Gateway Program”. At its western limit, near the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport facility, the SFPR corridor connects Highway 17 to a number of key arterial transportation highway hubs and rail intermodal yards. At its eastern limit the SFPR adjoins the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and the Golden Ears Connector. Additionally, the route provides a fast and efficient link between the B.C. interior and Vancouver Island via the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in southwest Delta.
With these strategic connections to primary gateway facilities the SFPR benefits local businesses, the trucking industry and other goods movers. In facilitating these heavy truck movements, the SFPR restores municipal roads as community connectors by reducing truck and other traffic on such roads in Delta and Surrey, thereby improving quality of life for residents and local businesses. The SFPR benefits tourists by facilitating access to the United States of America at the Peace Arch border crossing. It also benefits commuters, providing a toll free alternative to the Port Mann Bridge with connections to other river crossings.
Key project components of the SFPR include:
- 40 km long four lane divided highway;
- Seven major roadway connections (Deltaport Way, Hwy 17, 99, 91, 1, 15 & Golden Ears Connector);
- Seven major overpass and/or underpass structures;
- 2 km of split elevation roadway with MSE median walls and single span bridges crossing five wildlife and fisheries ravines;
- 40 km eastbound and westbound un-segregated cycle lane facilities;
- 26 fish compensation and environmental enhancement/restoration sites.
The speed limit for the majority of the SFPR is 80 km/hour with a number of localised areas signed for different speeds.