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Mufford design 'reasonable'

Editor: I’m glad to see that a reasonable Mufford overpass design has been proposed. The old design rammed its way through wetlands and farmland, dumped thousands of vehicles onto rural neighbourhoods, and smelled of development.

The new design isn’t perfect of course, but doesn’t deserve to be shot down by people that don’t see the bigger picture.

Let’s realize 64 Avenue is not some little cow trail. It’s a major, heavily-used four-lane road that extends from Burns Bog in Delta to Glover Road in Langley.

Yes, the Bypass needs an overpass and should have had one decades ago, as was the intent when it was originally constructed back in about 1974.

Some of the critics point to the curves, others don’t believe any traffic wants to turn north, while others would happily blast through the wetlands south of Kwantlen’s greenhouses.

The positives of the design overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives and reaffirms Glover Road’s importance in Langleys history.

Once the Mufford overpass is completed, and until an overpass is built on the Bypass, an intersection under the 204 Street overpass with an advanced warning system to tell of approaching trains would give traffic an opportunity to divert around the backlog.

The real issue here is how we develop Langley in the future, and the Mufford overpass design represents that line in the sand. The east side is rural, the west side urban.

Ross MacIntosh,

Aldergrove

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