Portside/Blundell Road Improvements Project

Phase one engagement

Our phase one engagement summary is now available. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

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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 an active industrial area for warehouse and transload businesses that pack and unpack shipping containers moving to and from the Port of Vancouver. This corridor has some of the most concentrated activity in the Greater Vancouver area for moving goods from marine terminals to rail lines and trucks, and then 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
  • A new multi-use pathway along the north side of Blundell Road and south side of Portside Road

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

Project benefits

The port authority has a long and successful track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement. 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
Improve safety
by reducing risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling, and driving
Improve connections for walking and cycling
by enhancing pedestrian walkways into the project design
Support future development
by providing access to undeveloped lands

Project timeline

  • 2019 – Project receives funding from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund for design and construction
  • Fall 2019 to Summer 2022 – Stakeholder engagement, environmental permits, lease amendments, agreements
  • 2022 – Preliminary design, environmental assessments
  • 2023 – Construction begins
  • 2025 – Project completion

Timelines are subject to change.

We have concluded the first phase of engagement for the project and our engagement summary is now available.

From July 8 to 22, 2020, the port authority invited stakeholders to review the proposed project and share feedback.

The next phase of engagement featuring a more detailed project design is planned for spring 2022.

Funding partners

This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the port authority and CN.

The project is part of the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.