South Fraser Perimeter Road - Surveyed

Posted by pnorman on 4 December 2012 in English (English)

Today I surveyed both the new Westbound Port Mann Bridge and the north portion of the SFPR. Either of these would of been a lengthy trip in itself, combined they took two hours of driving to get traces and I still didn't get everything surveyed.

I used my camera to take photos with an interval of 8 seconds and my eTrex 20 sampling at 1 Hz, then correlated everything in JOSM.

I got off at 152 Street and went along 104 Avenue to cross over at 160th. I drove around the south side of the forest on the slope before heading over to join up with the SFPR, 104 Avenue and 176 Street Extension intersection. Little did I know how many times I would be going through here.

I then headed south to Highway 15, 96 Avenue and Golden Ears Way, heading down Golden Ears to do a U-turn in a side street. I then went straight on to the SFPR through the 104 Avenue intersection. From here it was an easy drive on new quiet pavement with no chance to turn off or turn around until King Road and 138 Street. I was struck by how few cars there were on the road. There were occasional trucks but I didn't see another car going my direction. The view was rather nice in parts

View of the Fraser from the SFPR

After a quick trip along King to verify some road closures it was back on to the SFPR for the trip back. If anything this was quieter than the westbound trip. I saw 3 cars and 2 trucks going the other way and nothing going my way. I then took my third trip through SFPR, 104 Avenue and 176 Street Extension intersection and looped around on the 96 Avenue side of the 15 and 96 Avenue.

I then headed north to get the trunk_link roads. The first one took me along the exit past the construction and a TCP guiding out trucks

TCP along the side of a road

The left-turn route at the intersection is somewhat unconventional. There is a no left turn restriction at the intersection and you are directed past the intersection and onto a loop, connecting you with the SFPR and taking you past the intersection again.

From here I took 176 Street down to 96 Avenue a third time and did the same turnaround as before, taking the loop to Highway 1.

Headed home to the Port Mann I got stuck in traffic from a three-car accident, the first major backup of the new span.

3 car accident on the Port Mann

I saw that there was some new paint for the United Boulevard exit but I didn't get a chance to map it.

The last change before getting off the highway was the merging of exits 40A and 40B into a new exit 40. It looks like this was done to make it easier to navigate by having all the exit 40 traffic exit at the same point and then split.

At this point the SFPR feels like a road without a purpose. It ends abruptly on the west end, going from 80 km/h to 50 km/h, exceeding the MOT recommended 20 km/h maximum speed limit change. When it connects through to the Alex Fraser it will make more sense as well as when it connects all the way to the ferry terminal and the existing 17 becomes the 17A.

I classified the SFPR as highway=trunk. It's very similar to the Mary Hill Bypass (7B) in design. I also used the existing convention of carrying through the higher classification until it has clearly changed. This is why the connector to Alderbridge and the north end of the Oak Street Bridge are both highway=motorway even though their speed limit is 60 km/h.

The west end is a bit weird but it's a bit weird on the ground too, so the map is simply reflecting reality.

Location: Anniedale, Surrey, Metro Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, V1M 2X7, Canada

Comment from z-dude on 5 December 2012 at 22:58

Cool stuff!

Any idea when the bike lanes will be open?

Comment from z-dude on 5 December 2012 at 22:59

P.S. Widest Bridge in the world! Take that Sydney!


Comment from pnorman on 5 December 2012 at 23:04

On the SFPR or Port Mann?

On the SFPR I believe it's just a shoulder in the opened part. The lanes are wide and it's a decent smooth shoulder, so it's not too bad.

On the Port Mann I imagine they will be the last part to go in. This isn't solely because of a disregard for bikes, they're also in the last part to be constructed.

The SFPR is a good route for going from the Patullo to 176th/Barnston on a bike. The old route through Whalley, Gildford and Jhonson Heights involved a lot of stop lights, traffic and hills. The SFPR has fewer of all of these. There are no exits or stop lights on the part of the SFPR that's been constructed, there's just the ones off of the ends which aren't actually part of it.

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