LETTER: Deal vital to making Langley’s 16th Avenue safer

Steve Ferguson writes that 'safety is of paramount importance' when it comes to 16th Avenue safety.

Dear Editor,

I applaud the efforts of Councillor Charlie Fox in his quest to promote absolute safety for the 16th Avenue corridor.

Having more traffic lights and larger pull-outs for emergency vehicles cannot do anything but improve the 16th Avenue roadway, not just for the sake of those residents living in South Langley/Aldergrove but also for those people who travel the road on a regular basis.

Now the funding issue – that indeed is a concern. Langley Township without the benefit of a multi-million dollar windfall in casino revenues cannot possibly afford all of the major necessary improvements needed immediately. (I believe Richmond, Burnaby, and Coquitlam receive over $10 million a years, whilst Langley City around $6 million/year, none of which goes to Township of Langley residents.)

I believe, and I have spoken with Councillor Charlie Fox about this, that having the 16th Avenue corridor from Surrey all the way out to Abbotsford taken over by the Province of British Columbia, as part of the provincial highways network would be a win-win solution for all parties involved.

How could this be accomplished? Sit down with all parties: City of Surrey, Langley Township, City of Abbotsford, Ministers Rich Coleman and Mary Polak, and work out a deal. Establish a fully functional working committee, set timelines, include the public, and get it done.

There are at least three mayor highways running through Surrey, Langley, and Abbotsford.

There are four border crossings. MPs are suggesting that Aldergrove be opened 24 hours. New interchanges are coming to Langley and Abbotsford, and people are moving out to the Valley in droves.

Safety is of paramount importance in the equation.

We owe it to the folks who live within that corridor – and those who travel that corridor on a regular basis.

The time for action on 16th Avenue is now.

Steve Ferguson and family, South Langley

Just Posted

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Outdoor terrace opens at Langley City hall

The outdoor terrace renovation is the final component of the Timms Community Centre renewal.

A GoFundMe for the goats

Matthew Farden surpassed his fundraising goal for Aldergrove’s Happy Herd Farm rescue animals.

Langley Township’s Froese named vice-chair of Mayors’ Council

The Township mayor will be one of the top officials overseeing TransLink.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

New chair of Metro Vancouver board is Burnaby councillor

The 40-person board is made up of elected officials from 21 cities and one First Nation

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read