Letter: Grove interchange history murky

Dear Editor,

Mr. Lambert has implied that the people who are opposing the 216th Street interchange are either misinformed or are lying. [“Report gives true history,” Nov. 24, Langley Advance] The Walnut Grove Community Plan does not mention an interchange at 216th Street in its written materials.

The only mention of an interchange in the community planning documents is the 200th Street interchange. There is no mention of an additional interchange in the sections of the Stage 3 Neighbourhood Plan where one would expect to find them.

In fact, even in Section 8 “Requirements of Other Agencies,” the word interchange is not used, but instead it states that “The Ministry is, however, contemplating plans for a possible future connection at 216th Street.”

What is clear from this is that the type of connection is undefined, that the proposal comes from the ministry and not from the Township and that the Township did not plan Forest Hills in a manner consistent with the expectation that a full interchange would be placed at 216th.

Master Transportation documents and many bylaws are not available from the Township website. It was not until I requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act that I found the 216th interchange mentioned in the 1988 Master Transportation Plan.

That plan provides scenarios should an interchange be built and also if it should not be built.

The 1999 Master Transportation Plan Stage 1 Report makes no mention of an interchange at 216th. In fact the only interchange mentioned is the one on 200th.

Lots of transportation and planning changes have occurred in the intervening almost three decades.

In addition, there has been lots of research on the adverse health effects of air quality and noise because of busy roads.

Recommendations which have flowed from this research include the one that schools and homes should not be located within 150-200 metres of such roads.

In Canada, busy roads are defined as those carrying 15,000 vehicles per day. The Township projects that 22,000 vehicles per day will use a 216th interchange north (27,000 going south) and these figures may be low.

The BC Trucking Association has written a letter to the ministry in support of the 216th interchange as an alternative to 200th Street to get to the South Fraser Perimeter Road and Golden Ears Way.

How cutting through Walnut Grove to get to these other locations in other municipalities benefits Langley is questionable.

Is Mr. Lambert perhaps one of the people advocating for the 216th interchange because it will benefit him or his business or the business of someone he works for?

Well, this is a matter of health and safety, and from our point of view, our health and safety and the health and safety of the kids at the elementary schools trumps Mr. Lambert’s convenience.

Christine Burdeniuk



Just Posted

VIDEO: Giants fall to Royals 4-2 in Victoria Saturday night

Second loss in as many days for G-Men, who are back home in Langley today to take on the Cougars.

Driver fined for hitting scooter in Langley City

Woman on scooter suffered minor injuries, police said

Walnut Grove Gators win Tsumura basketball championship

‘We love to run and we like to score,’ said Gators coach Darren Rowell

Langley animal welfare group reminds people about holiday pet hazards

Many staples are of the Christmas season are harmful to pets.

Spreading Christmas cheer around Aldergrove

Easing the pains and difficulties of hard times is ‘reason for the season’

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Rescued B.C. cat with misshapen legs in need of forever home – with carpet

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

Most Read