Infamous Aldergrove intersection in spotlight

Langley Township council would like to see a left-turn lane from 264 Street north, at Robertston Crescent.

Langley Township Councillor Charlie Fox hopes the intersection at the corner of 264 Street and Robertson Crescent could get the green light for the addition of a left-turn bay — something he says will make the intersection much safer for motorists.

“We recently had a fatal accident there, but I’ve also witnessed many, many other instances in that corner when you’re going northbound,” said Fox during Monday evening’s council meeting.

“There is no left-turn bay there, so what happens is when a car stops with their blinker to turn left onto Robertson Crescent from 264 Street, often cars and trucks —  and you can see it very evidently from the marks on the gravel — will pull around, making it a very dangerous situation.”

Councillor Fox put forth a motion to council to send a letter to the Ministry of Transportation requesting a left-turn bay lane northbound at the intersection, as a measure of traffic safety.

The motion was seconded by Councillor Kim Richter, who also noted the area is not well-lit.

“I agree 100 per cent with Councillor Fox that this is a clenched-fist intersection and part of the problem is that the lights are way back where the trees block it — that’s something to be considered as well.”

Councillor David Davis suggested that, in addition to a letter being sent to the Ministry of Transportation, one also one should be prepared for the Transportation Safety Committee — an amendment to Fox’s motion that was unanimously carried.

At least four people were sent to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after a two-car crash occurred at the intersection earlier last month. In December, 2012, an 87-year-old man was killed and his wife seriously injured along with a 44-year-old Langley woman in another vehicle at the intersection of Robertson Crescent and 264 Street.

Since that time, Langley Township council has been looking at improvements to the intersection.

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