Sunbury Neighbourhood Association

South  fraser Perimeter Road

The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) Project is a proposed as a primarily new four-lane, 80 km/h route along the south side of the Fraser River extending from Deltaport Way in southwest Delta to 176th Street and the Golden Ears Bridge connector road in Surrey/Langley. It will be a new truck route provide a continuous and efficient route to serve the expanding port facilities, rail yards and industrial areas along this key economic corridor, and will also benefit commuters trying to avoid tolls on the Port Mann Bridge, once that bridge is twinned. After the pre-design consultations, Gateway will apply for an environmental assessment certificate for their project.

The SFPR runs through the Sunbury Neighbourhood, between River Road and the Fraser River itself. Leading up to where River Rd. currently crosses the rail track, just beside the Alex Fraser Bridge, an over-pass will be built as part of this new freeway. This overpass must be tall enough to pass over trains with containers stacked two high: 25 ft.

In Sunbury:

North Delta property values are already affected by the proposed SFPR. The effects will be more dramatic, the closer you live and once construction gets underway – this year!!!

To the west of Sunbury, the SFPR is to run along the Northern edge of Burns Bog, interfering with the bog’s water flows and undermining years of conservation efforts by many in our community.


It is not yet a done deal. They SFPR has not yet completed the Environmental Assessment Process. And, ultimately, the decision is a political one.

Sunbury Neighbourhood Association has proposed has proposed a tunnel alternative, which Gateway agrees is feasible but costly. But should the people of Sunbury be asked to subsidize the SFPR with their health and their quality of life!?! And what about the health of our Fraser River, Burns Bog and wildlife?


You can help.

May 7, 2012: Presentation to Delta Council on SFPR Construction

April 2012: Pictures from a walk along the River Bank between Alex Fraser and Annieville.

March 15, 12: Report from SFPR Community Liaison Committee

January 2011: Clearcutting along Fraser River begins

Aug 31, 2008: Neighbours issue warning to Contractors considering SFPR Construction Bids

Aug 12, 2008: Guy Gentner, local MLA, writes rebuttal to SFPR Environmental Assessment

July 25, 2008: Province grants Environmental Assessment Certificate to SFPR

July 24, 2008: Western Canada Wilderness Committee to Minister Penner - Don't Approve the SFPR - Tailpipe of the Lower Mainland

July 14, 2008: Appeal to BC Ministers to reject Environmental Assessment Report

June 23, 2008: Cumulative Effects Assessment - Revised - has been posted to EAO site.

May 12, 2008: Report to Delta Council (DRAFT) on Final Environmental Assessment Recommendation to Ministers:

May 12, 2008: Strategic Advisors' Report - Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative - Report and Recommendations

May 12, 2008: UN Report Urges we Protect and Preserve Peat Bogs

May 9, 2008: Ask Delta Council to hold a public forum on Port Expansion and the SFPR - Open this Form and Sign

May 2008: Sherwood Forest revised routing

April 2008: Gateway Powerpoint on Burns Bog Impacts and Mitigation

March 2008: Environment Canada expresses significant concerns about SFPR impact on Burns Bog.

October 12, 2007: Environment Canada documents posted to EAO site - Route change required to protect Burns Bog

October 2007: Environmental Assessment suspended again...

September 2007: Delta Board of Education writes to the Minister of Transportation to raise concerns about SFPR and Schools.

New public comment period - July 10 - 31, 2007 for Environmental Assessment Application:  See discussion papers:

To comment on these documents write to:

July 4, 2007 - July 4, 2007 - SFPR Community Update - Version 1 and Version 2

June 26, 2007 - Letter to Local Representatives - Deception and Misrepresentation

May 12, 2007 - Sunbury Response to Discussion Papers

April 20, 2007 - Environmental Assessment office posts five discussion papers and opens a 30 day public consultation period.

March 13, 2007 - Mayor Jackson presented to the Senate Committee on Transportation on issues around the Pacific Gateway

March 2, 2007 - Letter to the Premier from Guy Gentner, MLA - stop the SFPR as currently designed.

February 20, 2007 - Delta Council held a public meeting to review their submission to the Environmental Assessment Office and the issues they see as unresolved...

February 14, 2007 - Have a Heart, Premier Campbell - over 2,000 letters delivered to the legislature - protesting the impacts on Delta of the many transportation plans...

Jan 29, 2007 - Gateway responds to Corporation of Delta Concerns...


December 2006 - Fraser Valley Conservation Coalition Submission regarding the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

November 27, 2006 - Delta Council receives staff report on Environmental Assessment Certificate for South Fraser Perimeter Road

October 23, 2006 - Public Comments on Environmental Assessment are being posted on EAO site.

October 12, 2006 - Application for the Environmental Assessment Certificate has been posted to the EAO site.

September 5, 2006 - Newsletter highlighting the impacts of the SFPR on our neighbourhood

August 13, 2006 - Heritage Home on SFPR Hit List

August 11, 2006 - PreDesign Consultation Summary released by Gateway - A summary of the consultation process for the Nordel to 176th portion and feedback received was posted to the Gateway website.

July 7, 2006 - Sunbury Bluffs - Gateway describes a highway running along the river shore, having very little impact on the neighbourhood above.  In fact, 75 homes will be expropriated and demolished.  As well, many others will be significantly devalued by the presence of a four lane expressway behind their back fence.

June 7, 2006 - Sunbury Viaduct - In Gateway's discussion guide, there is not much detail about how their four-lane highway would get over the BNSF railway at Centre Street and River Road, but earlier pre-design consultations (2001) have detailed a viaduct that would begin just west of the cannery and continue over the creek.

June 1, 2006 - Letter to Delta Council outlining issues with South Fraser Perimeter Road

May 31, 2006 - Gateway begins Pre-Design Community Consultations on the SFPR from Nordel Way to 176th Street.

The Discussion Guide outlines the route and various options for access ramps and includes a feedback form on the back page.  As well, there is an online form for providing your feedbackThe Display Boards from the Open Houses are also posted on the Gateway Website.

There are four open houses over the next three weeks.  All feedback must be submitted by June 30, 2006.  Open Houses are at:

May 30, 2006 - Gateway has announced the final route for the South Delta section of the SFPR.  They will follow the southern alignment to keep the roadway farther from the East Ladner homes.

May 2006 - Gateway is conducting community consultations in Ladner regarding two revised options for the South West portion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road.  Meetings are on May 2 and 13th, 06

April 2006 - Gateway Community Update: In this update, most of the focus is on the Port Mann / Highway 1 Expansion.  On the SFPR, they update consultation schedules - April / May will see consultations on the South West Delta Sections and May / June will see consultations on the Nordel Way to 176th St Portions.

Who to Contact regarding concerns with SFPR route

March 1, 2006 - Chambers of Commerce informed of SFPR options

January 31, 2006 - Information Meeting at Sunbury Hall - The Neighbourhood Association held an information meeting for neighbours to outline what we know to date and what our concerns are.  As well, we presented some alternatives to the Gateway plan.

January 31, 2006 - Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled a comprehensive $3-billion plan to open up the province’s transportation network today in Vancouver. The plan includes a new Pitt River Bridge, the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, including the largest investment in cycling infrastructure in the province’s history and expansion of public transit across the Port Mann Bridge for the first time since 1986, and a new South Fraser bypass route from Delta Port to Highway 1 in Surrey.  For more information,

January 2006 - PreDesign Consultation on portion of Highway from 80th to Nordel Way

September 06, 2005 - Engineering Department reported to Delta Council to followup on concerns raised by us at the May 30, 05 Council Meeting.

June 16, 2005 - Delta Planning and Environment Committee reviewed the Draft Environmental Assessment Reports and created a report with Recommendations.

May 30, 2005 - Our Presentation to Delta Council on SFPR:

May 30, 2005 - Delta Council approved a restrictive covenant for a property in Tsawwassen where the owner wanted to provide long-term protection to significant trees on her property. Might this also be a strategy north of River Road where significant trees are on private property?

May 18, 2005 - SFPR Working Group Meeting - Pre-Application for Environmental Assessment

Gateway Program has released a Community Update for May 2005
Contact the GATEWAY program at:

Delta Council has not endorsed any particular location for the route through our Sunbury neighbourhood. They received a presentation from this Association and a report from staff on May 30, 2005 at a council meeting held at Kennedy House.


February 28, 2005 - Gateway held a Public Information Meeting at Sunbury Hall.  This presentation included posters with the SFPR route through our neighbourhood, including three on/off ramps.

The Tunnel Option

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Sunbury river bank

Sunbury Exchange

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