This project is a partnership between the City of Abbotsford, Government of Canada, and Province of BC. As part of this project, the NEXUS Lane to the U.S. border was extended 1.3 km to improve the flow of traffic to the border for families and commercial drivers. A two‐lane overpass over the Southern Rail and CP Rail lines was constructed on Vye Road to improve safety and reduce congestion at the existing crossing. These changes allow for improved access to local commercial developments between Highway 11 and Riverside Road, and provide an alternate route along the Vye Road/8th Avenue corridor, facilitating better access to both the Aldergrove and Huntington border crossings. This project was first announced in 2013, followed by public consultation in 2014, and construction in 2020. In 2021, construction was temporarily halted due to archaeological findings on site that had to be addressed with care and registered with the Archaeology Branch within the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Construction recommenced in January 2022, following the issuance of the required authorizations. The City of Abbotsford announced the substantial completion of the Vye Road overpass and Highway 11 widening project, fully open for public use on Friday, December 8, 2023.
As Project Director, CJI is managed the development and procurement of this project in collaboration with BC MoTI and the City of Abbotsford. The role included coordinating funding arrangements and preparation of partnership agreements between BC MoTI, the City of Abbotsford, and railways, as well as leading project risk assessment, review of contract procurement options, and recommendation on delivery methodology. CJI was also responsible for developing and managing project schedule, cost estimate, and other project definition and updating the project’s business case submission to Transport Canada.