Chilliwack makes substantial investments in transportation projects every year with the goal of improving the quality of infrastructure and connection within the community. Planned improvements benefit vehicular traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.
This work includes improvements to the north and south portions of the Lickman Interchange. Key improvements on the north side include additional turning lanes at the Yale Road/Industrial Way intersection and an additional southbound climbing lane to the westbound on-ramp. South side improvements include additional northbound and southbound lanes, removal of eastbound off-ramp/on-ramp signal, and construction of a two-lane roundabout at the Yale Road and Luckakuck Way intersection. Improvements also include extension of the northbound left turn lane on the suspended portion over Highway 1 as well as bike lanes in both directions on Lickman Road.
The Five Corners intersection improvements include installation of traffic signals, installation of street lights, planting of street trees, intstallation of watermain, installation of over 700m of curb/sidewalk, and 3,000 sq.m. of paving.
The art sculpture in the Vedder Road roundabout celebrates the history of the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe and the Stó:lō Nation. The artwork was designed by Squiala First Nation Chief David Jimmie and Coast Salish artist Bonny Graham, in consultation with the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe and the Stó:lō Nation Chiefs Council. A project information board for public viewing has been installed at the north end of the Vedder bridge along the west sidewalk.
This project incorporates the vision of a Neighbourhood Greenway as recommended in the Downtown Land Use and Development Plan. Neighbourhood Greenways are enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connections linking key activity nodes and residential neighbourhoods. The project includes 530m of road reconstruction, paving, drainage, street trees, streetlights, curbs, sidewalks, parking stalls, and grass boulevards.
Improvements along Promontory Road, from Vedder Elementary east to Chester Drive, include road widening to four travel lanes, a centre turning lake, bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights on both sides of the corridor, and the relocation of BC Hydro poles.
Improvements on Prest Road from Highway 1 south to McGuire Road include road widening to provide sufficient travel lane width, bike lanes, shoulders, replacement of Semiault Creek Bridge, and relocation of BC Hydro poles.
The scope of this work indludes asphalt rehabilitation, roadway markings, delineators, signage, and traffic signal improvements.
The Chilliwack Transit System is funded and operated as a partnership between the City and the provincial crown agency, BC Transit. Chilliwack Transit provides well over 500,000 rides per year. Ridership continues to rise with expansion and improvement to the system over the last couple of years including the launch of the Fraser Valley Express, connecting Chilliwack to Greater Vancouver with the final stop being Lougheed Town Centre Skytrain Station in Burnaby.
The City of Chilliwack has an excellent source of drinking water. We get our drinking water from the Sardis-Vedder aquifer. The City is dedicated to monitoring, protecting, and conserving this resource in order to ensure that residents will continue to be able to enjoy this high quality water for years to come.
The City’s capital investment program will make sure that existing infrastructure is upgraded as necessary and that the system is expanded to meet the demands of the growing community.
The City of Chilliwack operates an extensive sanitary sewer system. The system is comprised of a sewer collection system, 45+ sewer pumping stations and a wastewater treatment plant.
The financial plan includes a 10-year program to upgrade and expand the City’s wastewater treatment plant to ensure that the current high effluent quality standards continue to be met and that all wastewater from future growth in the City can receive treatment.
A financial analysis has been completed for both the water and sewer systems. The current rate structure is adequate for both timely system maintenance as well as timely replacement of ageing elements such as water mains and sewers.