Langley councillor calls for 16th Avenue signals

A plan for 16th Avenue calls for signals and pullout bays for RCMP.

It will be at least a month before Langley Township council again considers a plan to improve safety along busy 16th Avenue.

Councillor Charlie Fox put forward a motion Monday calling for traffic signals at six intersections and the creation of four pull-out bays where police could enforce traffic and truck safety.

Fox called for the lights to be linked with “green wave” technology, which synchronizes lights to allow for a smoother flow of traffic.

“Nothing’s been done on 16th Avenue in terms of upgrades for the last two years,” Fox told the Langley Advance.

He said area residents frequently contact him about safety issues and crashes.

Crashes remain frequent along 16th, which is a commuter route in the middle of a mostly rural part of South Langley.

In 2013, the last year for which ICBC had records, there were seven crashes at 200th Street and 16th, six each at 208th and 216th Streets, 11 collisions at 248th and nine at 264th.

With changes to traffic patterns in Surrey and Abbotsford, even more traffic could come to the two-lane road.

“I’m concerned about our residents that live south or north of 16th and have to cross it on a regular basis,” Fox said.

Fox’s motion did not include a proposed budget for the projects, but he said the Township shouldn’t have to pay for all the improvements.

TransLink has some responsibility for 16th Avenue and could pick up as much as 50 per cent of the cost, and ICBC has partnered with the Township on road improvements that could reduce crashes.

It would cost about $2 million to upgrade six intersections with lights, Fox estimated.

Council voted six to two to defer the vote until after a municipal staff presentation on costs of the signals and a TransLink report on the road.

Serious crashes on 16th Avenue have become the norm. Last year in March there was a nine-car pileup in the 22100 block when a large truck crashed into the back of a line of cars waiting to proceed past a backhoe stuck in a ditch. No one was seriously hurt.

In June, four people were hospitalized after a four-car crash that began with a commercial vehicle hitting two cars, one of which was waiting to turn left. A car in an oncoming lane was struck by one of the vehicle when it was thrown forward. Two people were rushed to hospital by Air Ambulance.



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