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TransLink helps fund next phase of Fraser Highway widening

Work to widen the next stretch of Fraser Highway in Langley Township will likely begin next year.

Plans call for expanding Fraser Highway between the 23300 and 23500 blocks to four lanes, including new bike lanes, sidewalks and other improvements.

Estimated cost of the work is $3.6 million, with half coming from the Township and half coming from TransLink.

The municipality and the transportation agency began putting money aside for the project last year, roughly a third of their share each year for three years until 2015.

On Monday, TransLink announced it would be contributing $611,000 to the Fraser Highway project in 2014, part of more than $45 million in funding for road projects across Metro Vancouver.

TransLink also announced $32,000 in funding for new bike lanes on 32 Avenue in Aldergrove,from Highway 13 to 276 Street and on 276 Street from 32 Avenue to Fraser Highway.

Another $35,000 will be spent on bike routes in the Willowbrook area along 203 Street, 202B Street, 66 Avenue, Willoughby Way, 197 Street, 68 Avenue and 197B Street.

Including road maintenance and repair funding, the Township will get a total of $2 million from TransLink while the City of Langley will get $512,000 in 2014.

A section of Fraser Highway was widened to four lanes between 228 and 232 Streets last year as part of a $5.9 million project jointly funded by the Township and TransLink that also realigned the 44 Avenue intersection.

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