British Columbia Roads - BC 7
Oak St. NB at W. Broadway, which is formerly BC 7 but never BC 99, in the Fairview section of Vancouver. Add a "TO" on top.
Older shields heading east from there. BC 7 now officially begins at Kingsway, former BC 1A.
Another older shield and another former route, which paralleled BC 7 a few miles to the north until 2006 and headed downtown. Both 7 and 7A once ended at BC 99.
There is no traffic signal at Lakewood Dr. What you see is a lie. Actually, it's a pedestrian signal that's normally flashing green, which is probably why there's a bicycle symbol on it. (A pedestrian symbol may have made more sense, or both.) Lakewood Dr. just has a stop sign and they can go while Broadway is stopped. Since I caught the rare pedestrian crossing here, that gave me a chance to spot this very Canadian bus. It hasn't done anything wrong, but it still must apologize.
The first sign is at Rupert St. BC 7 should be on the left because it does not turn. The second sign is at Boundary Rd., which is the eastern end of Vancouver and therefore signals the end of these bad signs.
Continuing east, these signs appear to date to construction of the adjacent SkyTrain millennium line, which opened in 2002. The first sign should be "SOUTH Kensington Ave TO 1," because TCH 1 is not a north-south road.
EB in 2013 through reconstruction of the TCH 1/BC 7 interchange in southern Coquitlam. This is being transformed from a toll road-style interchange (trumpet on TCH 1, half-cloverleaf on BC 7) to a free-flowing interchange with multiple C/D roads and slip ramps as the Port Mann Bridge is replaced. The result is that BC 7 EB was relocated from alongside BC 7 WB to the south side of TCH 1. The 3rd construction photo shows the future combined ramp from TCH 1 and BC 7 EB to United Ave. and BC 7B. The last photo is the future TCH 1 WB-BC 7 WB ramp. The new Port Mann Bridge, doubling the old capacity from 5 lanes total to 5 in each direction, opened in 2012, and this construction finished in 2015.
Continuing east past the end of Barnet Hwy. and across the 1949 Coquitlam River. Again, this hadn't been BC 7A in 7 years as of my visit, but shields have a way of lingering. The Coquitlam River bridge used to be a 2-direction structure, but the northern sidewalk hasn't been accessible since the highway was twinned in 1974.
EB across the 2009 Pitt River Bridge. Similar to Coquitlam River, Pitt River was crossed by a 2 lane bridge that was then twinned. Due to rush hour traffic flows, there was a contraflow lane to enable 3 lanes in a single direction. Also, the older EB side was a swing span, so marine traffic became an issue. Now, with double the capacity and a taller fixed span, there should be no traffic issues within the lifespan of this bridge.
Similarly old WB sign at the same intersection as EB, Harris Rd.
Some EB signs into Mission. I included the last one, even though it's not very clear, because BC 11 is a right turn from BC 7. Why the left arrow? This is actually past BC 11, at Horne St., signing a U-turn for traffic coming from the Mission City rail station or other local businesses. It should really be signed as 7 East ahead and 7 West left, though.
Glasgow Ave. NB over the railway and BC 7 EB, coming to a light at BC 7 WB. BC 7 WB is 2-way from this point east to enable Mission Harbour access to BC 7 EB. without having to detour around Horne St.
BC 7 still has a swing bridge. These old EB and WB signs are at Harrison Mills Bridge over the Harrison River.
WB at the northwest end of the BC 7/9 concurrency, then EB at the southeast end. The 9 shields are the same but I quite prefer the second 7 shield.
A great old sign WB approaching the concurrency. It's not wavy; that's my camera's zoom. In the background, you can see that left is "to" BC 9 South and right is "to" BC 9 North. That's correct; this is actually the beginning of Haig Hwy., but BC 9 cuts the corner via Park St. to downtown Agassiz.
EB under a suspension pipe bridge across the Fraser River.
After all that time, BC 7 comes back to TCH 1 yet again. BC 7 was never TCH 1; 1 serves the south side of the Fraser River while 7 serves the north side. Counterintuitively, the best way to head east from here is to go west on TCH 1. It's actually slightly eastward as TCH 1 crosses the Fraser River, and then BC 3 goes east toward Alberta while BC 5 is the fastest route to Kamloops (as opposed to TCH 1). Despite that, due to the railway paralleling BC 7, the desirable EB movement requires a left turn to head "west."
To BC 99
Onto TCH 1
To Pattullo Bridge
To BC 3
To BC 5
BC 7 Non-Roads
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