Portside/Blundell Road Improvements Project

Phase one engagement

The first phase of stakeholder engagement is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their feedback with us.  We will summarize what we heard and share it with the community in the fall.

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is upgrading roadways in the Fraser Richmond Industrial Lands.

This location and its connections to major transportation routes and facilities make it a popular industrial area for warehouses and transload business that pack and unpack shipping containers moving to and from the port. This corridor has some of the highest and most concentrated activity in the Greater Vancouver area for moving goods from terminals to rail lines and trucks, and off to other destinations.

The project includes:

  • A new overpass on Portside Road at Blundell Road to cross over the CN rail line
  • Widening Blundell Road from two lanes to four lanes, between the No. 8 Road intersection and just west of York Road
  • A new bridge and extension of Portside Road over the No. 7 Road Canal

We are now working with Indigenous groups, municipalities and other stakeholders to undertake technical studies and engagement, advance project design and plan for construction.  


Draft rendering of the Portside Road overpass

Draft rendering of a widened Blundell Road

Draft rendering of the extension of Portside Road over the canal

Project map and components

Project benefits

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has a long and successful track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in environmental sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement. Anticipated benefits of this project include:

Reduce congestion
to help improve container movements to and from warehouse and transload facilities
Improve emergency response
for police, fire, and ambulance to get to incidents faster and more easily
More reliable travel times
by removing rail crossing delays and improving travel times
Improve safety
by reducing risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling and driving
Improve connections for walking and cycling
by adding in facilities as part of design and construction
Support future development
by providing access to undeveloped lands


The below timeline shows past events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline

  • 2019 – Project successful in receiving funding from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund for design and construction
  • Fall 2019–Fall 2020 – Stakeholder engagement, environmental permits, lease amendments, agreements
  • Spring 2021 – Preliminary design, environmental assessments
  • 2021 – Construction anticipated to begin for Portside Road extension and bridge
  • 2022 – Construction anticipated to begin for overpass and widening of Blundell Road
  • 2024 – Full project completion

Timelines are subject to change.

The first phase of a three-phase engagement process is now open to ensure stakeholders are involved as the project progresses.

From July 8 to 22, 2020, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority invites stakeholders to review the proposed project and share feedback.

We will summarize what we heard from this engagement and share it with stakeholders later this year, along with information on how input was considered in ongoing project planning.

Funding partners

Funding for this project was provided by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, CN, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project is part of the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.