Monday hearing on closed intersection

Langley Township council is dedicating a portion of its next public meeting to the closure of the 200 Street/0 Avenue intersection.

In March, council sided with 48 people, most of whom live in the new High Point subdivision, who signed a petition demanding the closure of the intersection.

As part of the development agreement, 200 Street and 0 Avenue was to become a fully-functioning junction once High Point was finished.

The Township decided to keep it closed during construction to prevent heavy vehicles from accessing the building site from 0 Avenue.

Local residents, however, say that council and staff should not have been swayed by the petition, especially since High Point is not yet finished.

They argue that by preventing 200 Street traffic from traveling unhindered to 0 Avenue, a lot of extra vehicles are being funneled along narrow streets. It has put additional pressure on  the intersection of 200 Street and 8 Avenue, which is a four-way stop.

The junction remains blocked off with concrete barriers, and is accessible only to walkers, riders and emergency vehicles.

Noting the proximity of Campbell Valley Park, the residents say this poses a danger to pedestrians and equestrians.

Residents will be able to tell council just what they think about the plan at council’s next meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9.

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