A new main port and commercial buildings will be constructed at the Aldergrove border crossing.

Work begins on new Aldergrove border crossing

The first phase of the $17.7 million redevelopment of the Aldergrove border crossing begins Monday, July 28

Commuter vehicle access to and from Zero Avenue between the 264 Street “diversion” and Highway 13 will be closed as of Monday, July 28, when the first phase of the $17.7 million redevelopment of the Aldergrove border crossing begins.

Once the road work is done, south-bound traffic headed for the U.S. will be temporarily moved into the lanes on the west side of the duty-free store. Barricades and a gate will be placed at the east end of Zero Avenue to allow access for construction crews as well as for farmers requiring access across Highway 13 during the construction project, which is expected to be complete in February of 2016.

Once completed, there will be four south-bound lanes on the west side of the new Canada customs building, with the two western-most lanes dedicated for commercial trucks and Nexus vehicles.

North-bound traffic from the U.S. will also be redirected to temporary customs booths at the west side of the existing customs building. This will enable work on several acres of land on the east side acquired for expansion of customs services for commercial trucks, inspection of recreational vehicles as well as five passenger vehicle inspection lanes, with room to expand to eight lanes in future.

Zero Avenue on the east side of Highway 13 will also be realigned and moved to the north side of the customs property.

This expansion is on the site of a greenhouse and old farm house, and is also the site of the infamous smuggler’s tunnel across the border to an old farm house on the U.S. side. Law enforcement officers on both sides of the border surreptitiously monitored the would-be smugglers as they dug the tunnel, and swooped in eight years ago to catch the smugglers in the act of their first drug run through the tunnel.

The drug tunnel was filled with concrete and the property was seized as proceeds of crime under civil forfeiture legislation.

Several dozen people turned out for the information meeting hosted by the Canada Border Services Agency Wednesday at an Aldergrove meeting hall.

Sean Averill, senior project manager with the CBSA, said the project has been six years in the making, with land acquisition, budget allocation, First Nation consultation and design work finally coming to fruition.

The construction contract was recently tendered to the Lark Group and the work begins this week.

Averill said that all of the roadwork up to about the 200-block of Highway 13 is the responsibility of the CBSA, and improvements on, and widening of, Highway 13 north of this would be up to the provincial highways ministry.

He said that the highways ministry is considering building a new access from Highway 13 to the west side of Zero Avenue, via a proposed 3B Avenue, due to concerns about sight lines at the 264 Street “diversion”.

If this new 3B Avenue is built, access to Zero Avenue from the border crossing would be permanently closed. If not, the previously existing access to Zero Avenue would be re-opened in 2016 when the CBSA work is complete. The highways ministry has not made any commitments or set timelines yet so this aspect is uncertain.

Averill said he has been consulting farmers who have concerns about access across Highway 13 during the construction work and has made commitments to accommodate them.

“We created the problem for them so we have to. We will put a gate there for farm equipment to come through,” Averill told The Star.

Concept plans for the new Canada Border Services Agency facilities at the Aldergrove border crossing. -CBSA image

Just Posted

Young Langley family plagued by angry cab customers

A couple rents a house formerly used by a cab firm, and unwelcome visitors knocking.

Woman groped on Langley’s 208th Street

Police are asking for tips to identify the man responsible.

PHOTOS: Family Day a success at Aldergrove Telephone Museum

A record number of people visited the Telephone Museum on Monday to tour the historic exhibits.

Fort jazz fest on the search for young talent

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is looking for their first “Rising Young Star.”

VIDEO: Langley wrestler takes gold at high school games

Victory felt like a comeback for D.W. Poppy student Parm Sidhu

VIDEO: Massive elk herd runs across Washington State highway

Elk have been making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Winter storm freezes U.S., halts air travel

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

The incident happened in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Highway one will be closed tomorrow for avalanche control near Golden

The closure is expected to last for two hours

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Former NHL star Fleury in Surrey for conference on child abuse

At Surrey City Hall, two-day event hosted by Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Most Read