$25.5 Million Upgrade to Hwy. 13 Border Traffic

August 09, 2016

$25.5 million upgrade to Hwy. 13 border traffic (Langley Times)

Ottawa and Victoria spending $25.5 million to widen Aldergrove border roads (Langley Advance)

MP Warawa Highlights Completion of Aldergrove Border Upgrades and Work of Chamber

May 26, 2016

Aldergrove, BC Today, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for LangleyAldergrove, marked the completion of upgrades to the Aldergrove border crossing and highlighted the work of Lynn Whitehouse, the Executive Director of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. Lynn Whitehouse was presented with a commemorative certificate at the site. Lynn is due to retire from the Chamber in June after 30 years on the job.

Mark was joined by the Hon. Steven Blaney, former Minister of Public Safety, Township of Langley Deputy Mayor Bob Long, Lynn Whitehouse and Scott Johnston, President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.

Nine years ago, the Aldergrove Port of Entry could have lost its commercial capability. Thankfully, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce took a leadership role by bringing all levels of government around the table and advocating for an expanded border crossing,” said Warawa. “The excellent work of the Chamber was spearheaded by Chamber’s Executive Director, Lynn Whitehouse, who diligently worked on the file for the past nine years.”

Scott Johnston, President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, also spoke to the Chamber’s role in this project. “Lynn represented the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce on a regional Lower Mainland Chambers Transportation Panel and presented them with the possibility of the closure. Representatives of all lower mainland Chambers expressed concern with this possibility and agreed that significant investment is required to meet existing demand,Johnston said. “We were very pleased when the federal government announced the $17.7 million for an upgraded Aldergrove border crossing and the successful completion of this vital project.”

On April 14, 2014, the federal government announced an investment of $17.7 million for an upgraded Aldergrove border crossing. The announcement included an additional Primary Inspection Lane, a larger traveller processing facility, and a commercial examination warehouse, two new commercial lanes, five new traveller lanes with the ability to expand to eight in the future. Those upgrades are now complete.

At the time of the announcement, Canada Border Services Agency was undergoing a massive strategic investment in its border infrastructure, and it was obvious then that Aldergrove Port of

Entry, as the last part of the Cascade Gateway region to be replaced or expanded, should be one of the several sites selected as a national priority for CBSA’s major capital investment funding. The expansion would promote enhanced trade, travel and economic growth in the region.

In a statement, Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese highlighted the importance of the upgrades to the community. “The upgrade made to the Aldergrove border crossing will greatly enhance the Township of Langley’s economic activity, decrease wait times, and improve the movement of people and goods,” Froese said. “This project was very important to our community and our businesses and we are pleased to see it completed. The result will be faster travel times and increased services that will benefit both travelers and our commercial sector.”

At the time of the 2014 announcement, over 21,000 cars and over 2,500 trucks crossed through the Cascade Gateway every day, carrying over $40 million (USD) in daily trade. At that time, Aldergrove was the second busiest US-Canada commercial crossing in British Columbia and rated seventh across Canada.

The Hon. Steven Blaney, former Minister of Public Safety, visited the project for the first time since its completion and offered his congratulations. I am delighted to be here today, to see the on-time completion of the Aldergrove Port of Entry expansion that I announced 2 years ago as Minister of Public Safety. I want to offer my congratulations to my colleague Mark Warawa, the people of LangleyAldergrove, the local Chamber, especially Lynn Whitehouse, the Canada Border Services Agency, and all levels of government on this accomplishment. This expansion is integral for promoting safe travel, trade and economic growth in this region.” 

Warawa Calls on Public Safety Minister to Expand Aldergrove Border Crossing to 24/7 Service

March 15, 2016

Langley—Aldergrove, BC: Today, MP Mark Warawa called on the Minister of Public Safety, the Hon. Ralph Goodale, to expand the Aldergrove border crossing to offer 24/7 service.

“Currently, the Aldergrove Port of Entry is open from 8 am to midnight, Monday to Sunday,” wrote Warawa in his letter to the Minister. “To further improve the accessibility and commercial viability of this newly improved port of entry, I recommend that you expand its hours of operation to 24/7 service.”

“As you know, the Lower Mainland’s population is growing exponentially,” continued Warawa’s letter. “Our community’s need for effective cross-border traffic flow is expanding at a rate matching our fast-paced growth, and an expansion of border services makes good business sense.”

“The upgrades to the Aldergrove border are one of the most important projects that I’ve worked on in my past 12 years as a Member of Parliament,” said Warawa. “The Aldergrove border crossing is very important for jobs and economic growth in Langley and will help Langley to reach its economic potential. I am pleased to see the completed expansion of the new facility. This much-needed improvement is a great benefit to our local businesses and residents, but there’s still more to do.”

On April 14, 2014, Mark joined Steven Blaney, then Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to announce that the Aldergrove border crossing would receive federal government funding for important upgrades to the facility. At that time, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $17.7 million in infrastructure improvements for the Aldergrove border. The improvements feature:

  •  Two new commercial lanes;
  •  Five new traveller lanes, including a dedicated NEXUS lane;
  •  The ability to expand to eight traveller lanes in the future;
  •  A larger traveller processing facility; and,
  •  A commercial examination warehouse. 

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Background

On April 14, 2014, Mark joined Stephen Blaney, then Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to announce that the Aldergrove border crossing will receive Federal Government funding for important upgrades to the facility.

 These upgrades to the Aldergrove border are one of the most important projects that I’ve worked on in the past 10 years as MP for Langley. This project is very important for jobs and economic growth in Langley and will help Langley to reach its economic potential. The old facility has reached the end of its usable life and a new one is required to meet the demands of safety, traffic, and trade.

 That’s why the Government of Canada announced an investment of $17.7 million in infrastructure improvements for the Aldergrove border. Once completed, it will feature:

  •  Two new commercial lanes;
  •  Five new traveller lanes, including a dedicated NEXUS lane;
  •  The ability to expand to eight traveller lanes in the future;
  •  A larger traveller processing facility; and,
  •  A commercial examination warehouse.

 The site redevelopment and construction are expected to be completed by early 2016. Once completed, these upgrades will enhance the Canada Border Services Agency’s ability to facilitate travel and trade in our region (diagram of completed facility below).

Conservative Government announces strategic investments to facilitate cross-border trade in British-Colombia

April 14, 2014

Aldergrove, B.C. – Today, Langley Member of Parliament joined the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, to announce that Lark Projects Ltd of Surrey, British Columbia has been awarded a $17.7M contract for infrastructure improvements to the Aldergrove port of entry in British Columbia. These investments will include additional Primary Inspection Lanes (PILs), including a dedicated NEXUS lane, a larger traveler processing facility, and a commercial examination warehouse.

Minister Blaney also announced the opening of an additional NEXUS lane at the Pacific Highway port of entry. This new lane will be used to process NEXUS members during high-volume periods and, as regular lanes, at other times. There are now three NEXUS lanes at the Pacific Highway crossing, bringing the total to eight lanes available to NEXUS members in British Columbia. This new lane is another example of how Canada is helping to improve the flow of legitimate travel and trade across the shared Canada–U.S. border in accordance with the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

Quick Facts

  • The CBSA has invested over $65M in expanding and modernizing ports of entry in the Cascade Gateway region in the last five years.
  • The Aldergrove Redevelopment Project completes the Agency’s investments in the Cascade Gateway region for the time being. All other ports of entry have either been replaced or expanded.
  • The $17.7M contract was awarded by Public Works and Government Services Canada following a competitive process launched on Buyandsell.gc.ca, the Government of Canada’s procurement website.
  • Over 21,000 cars and over 2,500 trucks cross through the Cascade Gateway every day, moving over $40M (USD) in daily trade.
  • NEXUS members enjoy expedited travel across the Canada-U.S. border at 15 other major land ports of entry as well as eight international airports and approximately 430 marine locations across Canada.

Quotes

“Improvements to CBSA facilities help ensure the free flow of legitimate travel and trade across Canadian borders. Our investment in the Aldergrove border crossing demonstrates the CBSA's ongoing commitment to the safety and prosperity of our country, and will ensure that trade and travel will continue to flow through this important gateway for years to come.”

– The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“I’m delighted to learn of the plans for improvements to our Port-of-Entry infrastructure here at Aldergrove. These investments to infrastructure will significantly improve processing of both passenger and commercial vehicles at the border. By encouraging cross-border travel and trade, we promote and support both the Canadian and American economies.”

– Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, B.C.

“As trucking has grown and expanded into the Fraser Valley, so too has demand for Aldergrove to become a full commercial port. Not only is it a relief valve when other nearby ports become congested, it will play an increasingly important role as development continues eastward. We are extremely pleased that the Government of Canada has listened and responded to our industry’s calls for facilities and services that will improve the efficiency of trans-border trucking and support growth in US-Canada trade.”

– Louise Yako, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association

“The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to participate in this very significant announcement concerning the re-development of the Aldergrove Port of Entry. The Aldergrove-Lynden crossing is the second busiest U.S. – Canada commercial crossing in British Columbia. The importance of this crossing will continue to increase as we see the expected growth in population, economic activity in the region and expansion of trade at Port Metro Vancouver. Since 2007 our Chamber, in partnership with our Member of Parliament Mark Warawa, our City and Township of Langley Councils, the BC Trucking Association, the BC Chamber of Commerce, and our counterparts in the City of Surrey, Abbotsford and Washington State, has been communicating the need for redevelopment and increased service capacity at the Aldergrove Port of Entry. We applaud the Minister of Public Safety for recognizing the need for improved infrastructure to facilitate economic growth, improved movement of goods and services, and increased international trade today and into the future.”

– Kristine Simpson, President, Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce,

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