32 Ave Corridor Improvements: King George Boulevard to 160 Street
The City has plans to provide multimodal improvements to 32 Avenue from King George Boulevard to 160 Street.
Road improvements are necessary to improve traffic movement throughout the area to meet future capacity needs as the area continues to grow, as well as to support sustainable travel modes by including improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
Summary of Improvements
Improvements along 32 Avenue will generally consist of the following:
Between 154 Street and 160 Street
- Widening from 2 to 4 travel lanes with curb and gutters
- Channelized left turn bays and a raised median with plantings
- Addition of separated one-way cycle tracks on both sides
- New pedestrian facilities
- Improved transit facilities
- Enhanced street and pedestrian lighting
- Improved pavement conditions
View detailed project renderings of 32 Avenue from 154 Street to 160 Street.
Between King George Boulevard and 154 Street
- 32 Avenue and Hwy 99 interchange improvements by adding additional southbound off-ramp, and northbound on-ramp.
- Additional eastbound and westbound left turn lanes at the intersection of 32 Avenue and 152 Street
- Cycling and pedestrian facility improvements
Improvements on 32 Avenue corridor are included in the Engineering Department’s 10-Year Servicing Plan.
Why 32 Avenue?
32 Avenue is the main arterial roadway in the Rosemary Heights, Morgan Creek, and North Grandview Heights neighbourhoods and extends to Campbell Heights Business Park. These areas have all seen significant growth with the road now carrying significant personal, commercial and transit vehicles to service these areas.
Traffic in all modes of travel are forecast to increase to service the remaining growth in these areas, as well additional planned neighbourhoods such as Redwood Heights. Furthermore, 32 Avenue has regional significance providing a critical link for Surrey and the regional transportation network in Metro Vancouver for the movement of people and goods.
As the City invests in our road network, with Development Cost Charge (DCC) funding, we’re making targeted corridor improvements in our highest growth neighbourhoods to support ease of movement for intra-City trips. By increasing capacity on these higher volume routes, we’re better connecting the City’s communities and employment lands.
Upgrading this important east-west link will support residents’ safe and comfortable road use as well as future growth while reducing travel times. By increasing capacity on these higher volume routes, we’re better connecting the City’s communities and employment lands.
What will this project achieve?
Improvements along this section will:
- Reduce congestion and delays
- Support more trips made by sustainable travel modes, improving comfort and safety for people walking, cycling and taking transit
- Meet growing capacity needs
- Improve pavement condition
- Reduce road noise in residential areas through improved pavement conditions
32 Avenue is part of TransLink’s Major Road Network (MRN). The MRN connects the provincial highway system with the local road network by carrying commuter, transit and truck traffic. Some corridors also serve cyclists and pedestrians. TransLink provides operational and capital improvement funding for projects on the MRN. With 32 Avenue now being part of the MRN, the City will seek 50% cost-sharing funding for improvements through TransLink’s Major Road Network and Bicycles (MRNB) capital cost-sharing program.
Construction will be delivered in multiple phases:
- 32 Avenue between 154 Street to 160 Street (Phase 1) commencing early in 2021 with completion anticipated by fall 2021.
- 32 Ave corridor improvements between King George Boulevard and 154 Street (Phase 2) are under design and will be constructed as part of 32 Ave/Hwy 99 interchange improvements in the near future. View the Corporate Report on the City’s partnership with the Province to make improvements to the 32 Ave and Hwy 99 Interchange.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting a traditional Open House has not been feasible. Residents in the area are being mailed postcards with a link to the website to view online Public Engagement Boards. Project sign boards will be installed along the corridor and social media posts will be shared to inform residents and commuters of the project. Project information will also be communicated via City newsletters.
If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact the Design & Construction Division at 604-591-4253 or EngWebmail@surrey.ca.
The History Behind 32 Avenue as a Truck Route
Original Inclusion as a Truck Route and TransLink’s Role
TransLink was created in 1998 under the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act. While the major intent of this was to replace BC Transit operations of the bus and SkyTrain network, TransLink was also set up with a mandate to manage the regional road network and provide oversight of Designated Truck Routes. This oversight included specific legislation requiring TransLink approval for the removal of any designated truck routes to ensure that regions goods movement corridors were maintained.
In 1999 the City adopted the Surrey Transportation Plan that included identifying key arterial roads throughout the City to be designated truck routes, replacing the previous practice to identify all arterial roads as truck routes. In South Surrey, key roads identified as truck routes included King George Boulevard, 152 Street, 192 Street, 16 Avenue and 32 Avenue. These roads were selected based on their considered importance in providing connections at a reasonable spacing to the highway network and adjacent cities.
Temporary Truck Ban and First Request for Permanent Ban
In January 2000 as part of Corporate Report R018:2000: Temporary Removal of 32 Avenue (152 Street to 196 Street) Truck Route Network staff sought TransLink and Council’s approval to temporarily remove 32 Avenue from the truck route network. This action was taken to accommodate area improvements and the opening of a new elementary school for Rosemary Heights. The temporary ban was supported by TransLink and originally scheduled to end on December 31, 2001 but later extended to December 31, 2003.
During the temporary ban, the City formally requested for a permanent ban on trucks on 32 Avenue. This request was not supported by TransLink due to the limited number of east west truck route corridors and impact that a ban would have on goods movement. A further temporary extension was granted until June 30, 2004.
Second Request for Permanent Truck Ban
In 2011 as part of the City’s work to initiate improvements on 32 Avenue from Croydon Drive to 160 Street there was significant community request to again petition TransLink to remove 32 Avenue from the truck route network. The 32 Avenue Community Alliance appeared as a delegation at the October 17, 2011 Council-in-Committee to again request that Council formally request TransLink remove 32 Avenue as a truck route.
After discussion at the December 2011 Transportation Infrastructure Committee meeting, Council formally adopted a Resolution at the January 23, 2012 Public Hearing to request the truck route removal.
TransLink initiated a technical review that was complete in January 2013. Similar to the conclusions made 10 years earlier, the removal of 32 Avenue from the truck route network was denied.
Completion of the 16 Avenue Interchange Decreases Truck Traffic
Construction of the Highway 99/16 Avenue Interchange to provide an additional South Surrey connection with Highway 99 and service growth in Sunnyside Heights, Darts Hill and the Highway 99 corridor by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) was complete in September of 2014.
The new interchange created a truck route link between Highway 99 and 16 Avenue and was anticipated to alleviate truck traffic on 32 Avenue. A decrease has been achieved, with truck traffic on 32 Avenue measured to average about 11% of total traffic before the interchange, which was lowered to 7% after the interchange.
Inclusion of 32 Avenue in TransLink’s Major Road Network
32 Avenue was added to the MRN in 2018 in consideration of the role it serves as the main access to the Highway 99 Interchange for Grandview Heights and the connection it provides with the Township of Langley, other MRN roads including 152 Street and 200 Street, as well as Highway 15/176 Street.