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Traffic delays with opening of Metro Vancouver's newest mega-mall

(Mike Lloyd, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Delta Police on hand to direct drivers

The mall's grand opening runs until early next week

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – People braved dipping temperatures overnight to be first in line for the grand opening of the Tsawwassen Mills mega-mall and as expected it has led to some major traffic tie-ups along Highways 17 and 17A.

Delta Police admit all those shoppers could create headaches for drivers — especially those heading to the nearby ferry terminal.

“We’ve been in many conversations with Tsawwassen Mills and they will have traffic control in place by the shopping area to direct motorists. Delta Police will also be on scene to make sure everything runs smoothly,” says Deb Marshall with BC Ferries.

One man from Courtenay called the NEWS 1130 newsroom saying he gave himself lots of extra time to catch the 10:15 a.m. sailing and still missed it. “Now I have to wait for the 12:45 p.m. It’s really bad and it spells disaster for tomorrow. People are going to lose their reservations.”

BC Ferries is warning people to give themselves a big buffer zone to get to the terminal especially because this Thanksgiving long weekend is one of the busiest for the crown corporation. “We are suggesting customers use the middle lane as they come down Highway 17 but it is a long weekend. If customers are travelling stand-by or as a foot passenger, again, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach the terminal.”

The mall’s grand opening runs until Thanksgiving Monday.

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