British Columbia Highway 7B

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Highway 7B
Mary Hill Bypass
Highway 7B highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 9 km (6 mi)
Existed: 1996 – present
Major junctions
West end: BC 1 in Coquitlam
East end: BC 7 in Port Coquitlam
Location
Major cities: Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam
Highway system

British Columbia provincial highways

BC 7 BC 8

Highway 7B, known as the Mary Hill Bypass, is a 9 km-long (6 mi) riverside east-west link between the cities of Coquitlam to the west and Port Coquitlam to the east. The Mary Hill Bypass gained its '7B' designation in 1996, when it was widened from two to four lanes. Highway 7B meets Highway 7 at both of its ends, and also links to Highway 1 within Coquitlam at the Cape Horn Interchange.

Route details[edit]

The Mary Hill Bypass skirts around Mary Hill, which was developed in the early 1960s for residential housing. The Mary Hill Bypass begins at an intersection with United Boulevard in Coquitlam. Just west of this intersection are the ramps that connect Highway 1 and Highway 7 (westbound only). Highway 1 and Highway 7 eastbound could be accessed via United Boulevard. After crossing the Coquitlam River, the highway continues on, turning east and passing through a major intersection which provides access to downtown Port Coquitlam. Continuing northeast, the Mary Hill Bypass passes through another major intersection, then enters an industrial park and passes through another three intersections. After passing a railway underpass and one final intersection, the Mary Hill Bypass ends at Highway 7, which continues east to Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and Mission. In the mid-1990s, the Mary Hill Bypass underwent a major improvement which included 4 laning and intersection upgrades.

The speed limit on the Mary Hill Bypass is 70 km/h (40 mph).


Intersections, west to east[edit]

Highway 7B is a four-lane expressway route, and only has one interchange at its eastern terminus with Highway 7.

The entirety of the route is in Metro Vancouver.

Location km Mile Destinations Notes
  Continues as BC 1 west – Vancouver and BC 7 (Lougheed Highway) – Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam
  BC 1 east – Hope Interchange; no direct access to Hwy 1 East from Mary Hill Bypass West; use United Blvd and Highway 7
  United Boulevard to BC 7
City of Port Coquitlam Shaughnessy Street, Argue Street
Pitt River Road, Argue Street
Broadway Street
Coast Meridian Road
Kingsway Avenue
Holland Avenue
BC 7 (Lougheed Highway) – Coquitlam, Maple Ridge via Pitt River Bridge Interchange; Continues as Highway 7 to Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

North Fraser Perimeter Road[edit]

As a scope of the Ministry of Transportation's Metro Vancouver Gateway Program,[1] existing roads around the north side of the Fraser River will be improved to create a direct connection between New Westminster and Maple Ridge. This project is known as the North Fraser Perimeter Road, and includes the upgrading of intersections and possibly, construction of interchanges along the Mary Hill Bypass.[2] This project also includes the construction of an interchange at the Mary Hill Bypass and Highway 7 at its eastern terminus and the construction of a new, cable-stayed Pitt River Bridge consisting of 7 lanes (3 westbound, 4 eastbound).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gateway Program". Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ "North Fraser Perimeter Road". Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Pitt River Bridge and Mary Hill Interchange Project". Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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