Pilings are sprouting in the middle of Highway One as the new interchange is built. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Sound wall under construction at 216th Interchange

Work is picking up steam at the new interchange crossing site.

Work on the 216th Street interchange project over the Trans Canada Highway is picking up, with sound barrier walls and bridge pilings going in.

Crews have begun installing the concrete panel walls along 216th Street from Telegraph Trail to 88th Avenue.

In addition, an update from the Ministry of Transportation said upcoming activities will include soil compacting, building the base of new interchange ramps, lane widening in the highway median, and installing culverts.

Work on the bridge pilings has been underway for several months and will continue.

The $59 million project was opposed by many residents near 216th Street in Walnut Grove, who complained that the increase in traffic will bring noise, pollution, and danger to pedestrians and students at nearby elementary schools.

However the project, officially announced in 2015, has been long planned for the area as the next highway interchange and crossing in Langley.

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