British Columbia Highway 91
||It has been suggested that British Columbia Highway 91A be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since December 2010.|
Highway 91 highlighted in red.
|Length:||23 km (14 mi)|
|Existed:||1986 – present|
|South end:||BC 99 in Delta|
| BC 10 in Delta
BC 91A in Richmond
|North end:||BC 99 in Richmond|
|Major cities:||Delta, Richmond|
Highway 91 is an alternative freeway route to Highway 99 through Delta, New Westminster and Richmond, British Columbia. The highway was built in two sections, the first section from Delta to East Richmond in 1986, and the second section across Richmond in 1989.
The total distance covered by Highway 91 is 22 km (14 mi). Starting at its junction with Highway 99 in East Delta, the route travels north for 2 km (1¼ mi) to a junction with Highway 10, then north for 10 km (6 mi) through two interchanges and one intersection, over the Alex Fraser Bridge onto Annacis Island, and through another interchange. Highway 91 then crosses the Annacis Channel bridge into Richmond, at which point it veers west. At the southern entrance to Highway 91, the road is named Annacis Highway, however, that name is not commonly used.
In Richmond, where Highway 91 is officially termed the Richmond Freeway but also as the East-West Connector, the route travels west for 10 more km (6 mi), through a junction with Highway 91A and two more interchanges, until it terminates just past its Richmond junction with Highway 99 at Shell Road.
$10 million had been allocated for a new interchange at 72nd Avenue, which is currently the only at-grade intersection on Highway 91. Upgrading this interchange would earn Highway 91 the status of a full freeway, but it was reported in the Surrey Leader in 2008 that work on this proposal had ground to a halt because of disagreements between the municipal and provincial governments over the type of interchange that would be in place. The allocated funding has since been diverted for other uses, and as of 2011 the province had no intention of building the interchange, but in April 2013, International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced that the removal of the traffic signal at 72nd Avenue would be given the go-ahead.
In early 2009, another interchange was agreed upon to be added to Highway 91 just south of the 'S' curve in Richmond, connecting Nelson Road to the highway. The interchange was opened on August 22, 2011.
List of exits
|Delta||BC 99 – Seattle, Ferries, Vancouver||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus of BC 91|
|1||BC 10 (Ladner Trunk Road) to BC 1 east – Surrey, Hope||No access from northbound BC 91 to westbound Ladner Trunk Road|
|6||72nd Avenue||At-grade intersection|
|8||Nordel Way to River Road|
|Alex Fraser Bridge over the Fraser River|
|10||Annacis Island (Cliveden Avenue)||Southbound exit is via exit 11|
|Richmond||11||BC 91A – New Westminster|
|15||Nelson Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|21||No. 6 Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|22||Knight Street – Vancouver||Access is to Knight Street north only|
|23||BC 99 – Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver International Airport||Signed as exits 23A (BC 99 south) and 23B (BC 99 north); northern terminus of BC 91; Victoria and Nanaimo are via BC Ferries|
|Alderbridge Way||Continuation beyond northern terminus of BC 91 into Richmond City Center|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Official Numbered Routes in British Columbia - Highway 91". BC Ministry of Transportation. Last updated 28 May 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
- "$211 million Canada-BC investment at BC lower Mainland crossings". Infrastructure Canada. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
- Dave White (29 August 2011). "Delta wants federal cash for highways". News 1130. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- Jennifer Saltman (3 April 2013). "Hwy 91: Trouble traffic light gets the green for removal". The Province. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- "Nelson road opening helps truckers, farmers and drivers". Infrastructure Canada. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- Matthew Hoekstra (22 August 2011). "Nelson Road interchange opens today". Richmond Review. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- Paul Keenleyside (2004). "Highway 91 on BC Highways". Retrieved 9 August 2010.