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208 Street named 'worst road in Langley'

Potholes, crumbling pavement and congestion combined to have 208 Street rated the worst road in Langley in a survey conducted by B.C. Automobile Association. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
Potholes, crumbling pavement and congestion combined to have 208 Street rated the worst road in Langley in a survey conducted by B.C. Automobile Association.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

The worst road in the Langleys is a frustrating, bumpy, slow-moving ride, according to the fourth annual survey of bad roads by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA).

More than half of the complaints (58 per cent) the BCAA received about 208 Street were about potholes and crumbling pavement, while most of the rest were about traffic congestion (32 per cent).

It ranked 24th among the 100 worst roads in B.C.

Langley Township plans for the two-lane road, which runs through the rapidly-growing Willoughby neighbourhood, call for eventually widening the route into four lanes.

The second worst road in the Langleys was busy 200 Street, where almost all the complaints (73 per cent) were about traffic congestion or traffic light timing (14 per cent).

Number three was Old Yale Road, where all the complaints were about crumbling pavement and potholes. (See letter).

Repairs to the beat-up surface of Old Yale Road have been delayed for years, because it has a heritage designation as one of the first concrete roads constructed in the Lower Mainland.

The BCAA 2014 “Worst Roads” survey asked motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to identify stretches of road that they feel are unsafe or difficult to navigate.

The worst route in all of B.C. was Silver Star Road near Vernon, followed by Westside Road near West Kelowna, both cited for potholes and crumbling road surfaces, followed by Cosens Bay Road near Coldstream, for safety issues.

In the Lower Mainland, the worst two roads, also in the top 10, were the George Massey tunnel, followed by the Pattullo Bridge. Both were cited for traffic congestion.

Number three in the Lower Mainland was Maple Crescent in Maple Ridge, for pedestrian and cycling safety concerns.

The survey found increasing frustration about traffic congestion, with the issue flagged by a record 24 per cent of votes, compared to the previous year’s 14 per cent.

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