In the Vancouver, B.C., region, the Fraser River separates the city center from suburbs to the south and east. For decades, the 1960s-era Port Mann Bridge was the primary route across the river, serving more than 800,000 vehicles in a single week.
But the four-lane bridge couldn’t keep pace with the growing needs of the region. In fact, the old bridge was congested up to 14 hours a day. A fifth lane was added in 2002, but it was not enough.
To address this congestion and accommodate the more than 2.2 million people who now call Metro Vancouver home, not to mention the additional 1 million people expected in the region over the next 30 years, the Province of British Columbia created the Transportation Investment Corporation, a public crown corporation, to implement the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1).