Letter: Interchange at 216 will benefit much of Langley

Editor: I would like to respond to the letter, “Better places exist for truck route” (the Times Oct. 21).

The writer states they are not “NIMBYS”(not in my backyard)  and are not opposed to change and progress, yet they go on to unfold their grievances against the  216 Street interchange designated for their own area.

Their statements are in direct conflict with each other. They show little regard for the realities of the rest of Langley, that want better freeway access.

There are several other schools (besides the schools on 216 Street) in Langley that sit on busy street corners (like Willoughby Elementary, at 208 Street and 80 Avenue,  Alice Brown, at 200 Street and 44 Avenue and Nicomekl Elementary, at 200 Street near 53 Avenue).

It is not always ideal when change and progress occur — especially on transportation routes— but Langley has grown and we need better Highway 1 access from the areas south of the highway.

Fortunately, pollution at intersections is less of a problem now, as  AirCare has even become obsolete (we have cleaner burning cars now, as will be the cars of the future).

The concessions that the Township has given the residents of Walnut Grove amount to a lot of money and include better sidewalks, noise barriers, street crossings and bike routes over the interchange that will all help make the area safe.

School parking can be enlarged if needed.

Very few cars park on 216 Street from Highway 1 north toward 96 Avenue, as is evident in the photo included on the page.

The writer states there is “temporary” parking allowed on 216 Street.

216 Street was never designated for permanent street parking because the knowledge that 216 Street would eventually become a wider road and a freeway interchange has been documented for more than 30 years (see Walnut Grove Community Plan-stage 3-1979).

Why is the writer of the letter saying 200 Street interchange was a bad idea?

How would Langley residents access Highway 1 without the 200 Street interchange?

How would Walnut Grove access the rest of Langley without the 208 Street overpass?

We needed that interchange and overpass and now the expanded growth in the area requires more freeway access and road infrastructure.

That is why we do need the 216 Street interchange. People are flocking to Langley as a great place to live.

Help us get around Langley and commute more efficiently.

J. Jansen,

Langley

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