An open house is scheduled Nov. 26 to look at the potential future of the roadway known as Old Yale Road that runs through Murrayville. This photo from the museum archives (1314) shows construction circa 1922.

Open House: What Lies Ahead for Old Yale Road in Langley?

An open house is being held on Nov. 26 to ask residents' ideas for the historic corridor.

  • Nov. 6, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Old Yale Road has had a long and varied life.

Once an early wagon route between New Westminster and Yale, it is an important part of British Columbia’s history, as well as a significant transportation link in the early establishment of Murrayville that is still travelled by numerous vehicles each day.

But the concrete portion of the road – which was built in 1922 – is facing deterioration and is in need of a longer term plan, and Township of Langley residents are being asked what they think should be done to the historic corridor.

An Old Yale Road open house will be held on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Langley Fundamental Elementary, 21789 – 50 Ave.

Members of the public are encouraged to drop in and have their say about the future of the road section between 216 Street and the Langley Township municipal boundary just south of Fraser Highway, said Township transportation engineer Richard Welfing.

“During the open house, information will be presented on the history and current conditions of the road, along with a number of potential options for moving forward,”  Welfing explained.

The engineering division is working with Township heritage staff to come up with a solution for the road that meets the needs of all users, values its heritage attributes, and takes technical and cost considerations into account.

“The goal of this process is to determine a means of upgrading Old Yale Road in a way that meets the Township’s needs and respects this unique historical roadway,” said Township heritage planner Elaine Horricks.

The open house will help determine what the public would like to see done with Old Yale Road and what aspects of the road they value most. From a range of preservation to replacement options, a specific design concept will be selected for further development, based on public feedback.

 

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