Starting Friday, February 3, 2012, the HOV lanes between Grandview Highway in Burnaby and the Port Mann Bridge on Highway 1 will open to all traffic on weekends – from 7 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday, eastbound and westbound.
The HOV lanes continue to be designated for high occupancy vehicles only from 6 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday.
Highway 1 HOV lanes will return to the regular 24-hour schedule when the new Port Mann Bridge opens to traffic late in 2012 or early 2013. When the Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) Project is complete, Highway 1 HOV lanes will extend from Grandview Highway to 200 Street in Langley.
The temporary weekend opening of the HOV lanes will allow the PMH1 team to implement daytime weekend lane closures, when required, by maintaining at least two highway lanes for all traffic during these times. This will ensure that traffic delays are kept to a minimum when lane closures are in effect.
PMH1 construction work requiring highway lane closures is only permitted during non-peak travel times when traffic volumes are low. Lane closures are monitored to ensure traffic moves efficiently and delays are minimized.