Letter: Only widening the problem

Dear Editor,

Open Letter to MLA Rich Coleman and Mayor Jack Froese:

$25.5 million to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to Zero is a ‘nice’ idea but perhaps there is a bigger issue.

The problem is not the approaches to the border but the border itself.

We have plenty of experience (24+ years) with border crossings since we have family on both sides.

The brand new border crossing at Aldergrove will simply be a monument in futility if it does not get used effectively!

The past week again serves as an example of how things are. There were huge line-ups coming into Canada with only two of the five booths open.

This is a common occurrence and many times during peak times i.e., Lynden Fair. Understaffed or whatever the problem is at the border crossings amounts to government sanctioned hassling of law abiding citizens.

No degree of widening roads on either side of the border is going to help with this problem. If governments get serious about the problem of bottlenecks at the borders it can be ‘fixed’ immediately without the $25.5 mil upgrade.

Before the 2010 Olympics CBC reported the following: “One extra booth will open in each of Lynden and Sumas, in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver”.

During that time there appeared to be a concentrated effort to avoid lineups and voila, it worked! Spend the $25 mil elsewhere!

Aubrey Vandergaag

 

 

Just Posted

Where to find community holiday feasts in Langley

A variety of groups are hosting free meals for the Langley community to fill up on.

Looking for the buzz on Langley tree chipping events

Send us details on tree chipping events so we can help spread the word.

Surrey boy’s birthday wish raises $13,500 for rescued farm animals in Aldergrove

Matthew Farden received a large donation from the mister Blake Foundation towards a sanctuary farm.

New laws give Langley RCMP more power to test suspected drunk drivers

New legislation take effect this week that will allow broader breathalyzer testing.

Kazakhstan makes it three hockey wins in a row, downing BCIHL Young Stars at Langley Events Centre

‘We had a fighting chance,’ said BCIHL Young Stars head coach Barret Kropf

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Lower Mainland man receives apology after getting kicked out of library

Mike Wilson fears the same treatment he received Nov. 2 by security guards will happen to others

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Most Read