Crews

Langley City bridge retrofit delays 203rd Street completion

More repairs to the Nicomekl River Bridge will delay completion.

CAPTION: Crews installed the structural steel beams to reinforce and expand the 203rd Street bridge over the Nicomekl River recently.

Some parts on schedule, some delayed

Construction of 203rd Street, between Michaud Crescent and 53rd Avenue is on track to be complete by the middle of the month.

But the entire road construction project is not going so well.

This was confirmed by the City of Langley’s project manager Doug Hyde today.

He announced that the first phase of construction, which includes the new and almost completed roundabout at 53rd Avenue, is on schedule – weather permitting.

Meanwhile, the second phase of construction – expansion of the road from 53rd Street south to Nicomekl River Bridge is also nearly completed and should be open to traffic by early January.

But the glitches seem to lay with the bridge and south.

While road work on 203rd Street from the bridge south to Grade Crescent is underway, those improvements are not scheduled to be complete until the end of February.

And as for the widening and retrofitting of the bridge itself, Hyde said it has “taken longer due to unforeseen deficiencies that require repair, and, as such, the closer of the 203rd Street bridge will remain in effect until March 2017.”

Work on the project began in late August, and was initially scheduled to be competed at the end of January.

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Motorists asked to use caution

The changes already complete, and those coming up, will change traffic patterns in the area, and Hyde is urging motorists to use caution as they acquaint themselves with those changes.

In a released issued by the City Thursday, Hyde said the 203rd Street project will include benefits such as reduced traffic speeds and improvements to the safety and mobility of drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

““The City of Langley is working diligently with the project contractor to make sure residential impact is limited and timely,” he said.

““We look forward to this sustained performance as work continues on the widening of the Nicomekl River Bridge and the improvements toward the southern end of the project. We also want to thank all residents for their patience during this period of construction.”

For more information on the 203rd Street project, the public is invited to contact Doug Hyde at dhyde@langleycity.ca or by calling 604-514-2835.

 

CAPTION: Tracy Boyd photo

Work continues on the roundabout at 203rd Street and 53rd Avenue, set to be complete soon.

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