The 56 Avenue overhaul in Langley City: what to expect

City holds public information meeting on multi-million dollar upgrade

Image posted to City website shows what 56 Avenue East of Salt Lane will look like following renovations.

The City of Langley will be hosting a public presentation on Wednesday, April 12 to inform residents of the upcoming improvements along 56 Avenue, from Glover Road to Langley Bypass.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent, in the council chambers on the second floor.

Langley City was one of the first B.C. municipalities to benefit from a federal government promise to spend $120 billion over the next 10 years on infrastructure.

That resulted in a federal and provincial agreement on a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) that will fund a $3.6 million overhaul of the water and sewer lines that run beneath 56 Avenue.

The new $450 million program is described as the largest local government infrastructure program in over 15 years in B.C.

It will see Ottawa pay half the cost of eligible projects, while B.C. will pay a third and the rest will come from the municipalities.

It is a lot less than the City would expect to pay under previous funding formulas that usually called for a three-way split between the different levels of government.

It amounts to a savings of $3 million for the City, which will help pay for new curbs and gutters, new LED street lights, a bike lane and fresh pavement on 56 Avenue after the water and sewer work is done.

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to discuss the project with City staff.