Fraser Highway

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Fraser Highway
Part of Hwy 1A (former)
Maintained by TransLink, City of Abbotsford
Length 38 km[1] (24 mi)
Location Surrey, Langley (city), Langley (township), Abbotsford
West end King George Boulevard in Surrey
Major
junctions
Hwy 15 (176 Street)
Hwy 10 (Langley Bypass)
Hwy 13
Hwy 1 (TCH)
East end Livingstone Avenue / Blue Jay Street in Abbotsford

Fraser Highway is a 38-kilometre-long (24 mi) major arterial road in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Connecting the cities of Surrey and Abbotsford, the highway formerly constituted a major portion of British Columbia Highway 1A until it was decommissioned in 2006. The highway is named for the Fraser River and the Fraser Valley, which are in turn named for the explorer Simon Fraser.

The road was one of the first motor highways in British Columbia, being formed from portions of the Old Yale wagon road in the 1920s, and was known as the Inter-Provincial Highway[2] but its importance as an east-west corridor was diminished with the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in the 1960s. Nonetheless, it remains an important thoroughfare. Running roughly parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway, it is often used as an alternative or feeder route for it.

Route description[edit]

The Fraser Highway runs in a generally southeast-northwest direction, roughly paralleling the Trans Canada Highway to the north of it. It alternates back and forth between one lane each direction (total of 2 lanes) to two lanes each direction (total of 4 lanes) between rural and urban surroundings. Its western terminus is at King George Boulevard and 98th Avenue in the Whalley Town Centre of Surrey, just south of the King George SkyTrain Station. From there, it passes through the mixed residential, commercial, and rural neighbourhoods of Green Timbers, Fleetwood, and Cloverdale. Leaving Surrey, the route bisects the City of Langley, before entering the more rural neighbourhoods of Murrayville, and Aldergrove in Langley Township. The eastern terminus is at the Trans-Canada Highway, just east of Mount Lehman Road, in the Clearbrook neighbourhood of Abbotsford.

References[edit]

Route map:

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  1. ^ Google (December 28, 2016). "Fraser Highway in Greater Vancouver" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Inter-Provincial Highway". Opposite the City. December 14, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2013.