British Columbia Highway 7

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Highway 7
Lougheed Highway
Sections in red denotes Highway 7
Route information
Length: 150 km (90 mi)
Existed: 1941 – present
Major junctions
West end: Near Coleman Avenue (BCMOT's jurisdiction begins) in Coquitlam
  BC 1 in Coquitlam
BC 7B in Port Coquitlam
BC 11 in Mission
BC 9 in Kent
East end: BC 1 near Hope
Location
Major cities: Vancouver
Burnaby
Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam
Pitt Meadows
Maple Ridge
Mission
Kent
Hope
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 6 BC 7B

Highway 7, known for most of its length as the Lougheed Highway, is an alternative route to Highway 1 through the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Whereas the controlled-access Highway 1 follows the southern bank of the Fraser River, Highway 7 follows the northern bank.

Highway 7 was first commissioned in 1941, and originally went from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs, following Dewdney Trunk Road between Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. In 1953, Highway 7 was moved to its current alignment between Vancouver and Coquitlam. Its eastern end was moved south from Harrison Hot Springs to Agassiz in 1956, and then east to Ruby Creek in 1968. Since 1973, Highway 7 has travelled to a junction with Highway 1 just past Hope.

Unlike former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed's name, the name of the highway is pronounced /ˈlhd/ LOH-heed. The highway is named after Nelson Seymour Lougheed, MLA for the Dewdney District and the BC Minister of Public Works (1928–29) who ran a logging company in the area.

Route details[edit]

The Lougheed Highway just east of Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain station in Burnaby

Highway 7's total length under the jurisdiction of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (MOT) is 118 km (93 mi). Highway 7 is signed as far west as Granville Street on Broadway in Vancouver, all the way east through Burnaby into Coquitlam, which is under the jurisdiction of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). The section under the MOT's jurisdiction begins at the westbound exit with Highway 1 near Schoolhouse Street, with a total length of 2.3 km (1.4 mi). The highway then turns immediately northeast, meets with Highway 1 at the Cape Horn Interchange, and has an exit with United Boulevard. The highway leaves the MOT's jurisdiction 300 m (1000 ft) after the interchange.[1] TransLink again has jurisdiction of Highway 7 from the point east of Ottawa Street to the point east of United Boulevard.[2]

Highway 7 falls under the MOT's jurisdiction again after Ottawa Street, crossing over the Pitt River Bridge into Pitt Meadows. 6 km (4 mi) southeast of the Pitt River bridge, it crosses into Maple Ridge at Maple Meadows Way, and the highway then crosses into Mission another 20 km (12 mi) east. 9 km (6 mi) of Highway 7's entry into Mission, it meets a junction with Highway 11. 8 km (5 mi) east of the Highway 11 junction, Highway 7 leaves Mission over the Hatzic Pump Bridge.

27 km (17 mi) east of the Highway's eastern exit from Mission, Highway 7 enters the Municipality of Kent. 14 km (9 mi) east, it reaches a junction with Highway 9 at Agassiz. 18 km (11 mi) northeast of the Highway 9 junction, it leaves Kent. Another 12 km (7 mi) northeast, Highway 7 finally reaches its eastern terminus at a junction with Highway 1 at Haig, just across the Fraser River from the main part of Hope.


Major intersections[edit]

Highway 7 near Harrison Mills

These are the exits on Route 7 under MOT jurisdiction.

Regional district Location km Mile Destinations Notes
Western terminus, roadway continues east as Lougheed Highway west to Burnaby, Vancouver
Metro Vancouver City of Coquitlam Myrman Street, Maple Leaf Self Storage Westbound exit and entrance only
BC 7B east to Port Coquitlam
Coleman Avenue Westbound exit and entrance only
BC 1 east to Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford via the Port Mann Bridge and west to Vancouver
United Boulevard to BC 7B (Mary Hill Bypass) east Partially grade-separated
Pitt River Road to Port Coquitlam
City of Port Coquitlam Highway 7 leaves MOT's jurisdiction, continues before the Pitt River Bridge
BC 7B (Mary Hill Bypass) west to Coquitlam
Pitt River Pitt River Bridge
City of Pitt Meadows Old Dewdney Trunk Road
Allen Way
Harris Road
Park Road, Meadow Gardens Way
To Golden Ears Way south to Langley, Surrey via the Golden Ears Bridge Eastbound exit only
Meadowtown Centre Way south; north to Golden Ears Way/Abernethy Connector
Dewdney Trunk Road & Maple Meadows Way (alternate route to Golden Ears Way south)
District of Maple Ridge Haney Bypass east to Mission Route 7 follows Haney Bypass
Haney Bypass west to Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam Route 7 returns to Lougheed Hwy
Fraser Valley Regional District District of Mission BC 11 (Abbotsford-Mission Highway) to Abbotsford, Cedar Valley Connector
One-way road pair begins
Murray Street to Horne Street expressway connector to Highway 11
One-way road pair ends
District of Kent BC 9 north (Hot Springs Road) to Harrison Hot Springs, Else Road Highway 7 turns right; western end of Highway 9 concurrency
BC 9 south (Evergreen Drive) to Agassiz City Centre Eastern end of Highway 9 concurrency
Agassiz Bypass to Highway 9 (Haig Highway)
  BC 1 south to Hope, Greater Vancouver, north to Cache Creek Grade-separated; Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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