The fate of the oldest stretch of paved road in Langley will hang on next year's budget debates in the Township.
On Monday, the council received a report about the varied opinions and options facing them.
The report notes that the staff have received "input expressing varied, diverse, and often conflicting goals," when it comes to the stretch of road between 216th Street in the east and the border of Langley City in the west.
That stretch of Old Yale, connecting what was then the Langley Prairie to Five Corners in Murrayville, was paved with concrete in 1922, an event so important the premier of the day visited.
Much of the original concrete still exists more than 90 years later. The road is considered a historic location.
Replacing it with asphalt would cost $1.2 million, with concrete $3.5 million, and with asphalt plus about 380 metres of concrete would cost $2 million, according to a staff
Councillor Kim Richter voted against any more debate on the issue, saying she just wants to see the bumpy and cracked road surface replaced sooner rather than later. "I think we should just get on with repaving it," said Richter.
She doesn't support the idea of heritage cement, Richter said.
Wally Martin, who runs the Princess and the Pea bed and breakfast at the eastern end of the road, disagrees.
"The heritage road is there, it's part of the heritage plan," Martin said.
He said that he would be fine with seeing the old and broken panels of concrete replaced, but they should be replaced with the same type of concrete.
You don't put up vinyl siding on a heritage house, Martin said, you have to preserve the way something was originally constructed.
He would also like to see the date stamps along the road preserved.
The original construction crew wrote the date in the cement each time they stopped work for the day. Several of the date stamps are still visible along the road, although others have crumbled away over the years.
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