DELTA, BC – The British Columbia government said Wednesday it will construct a new truck parking facility in Delta for commercial truckers traveling to the Lower Mainland.
It will be built on provincial land on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility.
Site preparation will begin this fall and construction will start in spring 2016.
When completed later in 2016, the truck parking facility will have room for up to 40 heavy trucks to park overnight. It will include lighting, washrooms, garbage cans and a sani-dump.
This facility is the first of at least two new truck parking facilities in the Lower Mainland under the B.C. on the Move program, the province’s 10-year transportation plan.
Evaluations are currently underway for the second facility.
“Operating a commercial vehicle is demanding work, and truck drivers need safe, convenient places to park overnight,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “The addition of new truck parking facilities in the Lower Mainland is just one of a number of commitments our government has made in B.C. on the move to address efficiency and safety improvements for the trucking industry.”
The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) strongly endorsed the news, saying an expansion of parking facilities in the Lower Mainland for large commercial vehicles is much needed, given the large number of trucks operating into and out of the area that have few short-term parking options.
“BC’s road system is the workplace of commercial vehicle operators,” said Louise Yako, BCTA president and CEO. “It’s extremely important to provide them with access to parking facilities that accommodate their vehicles and their needs.”