Council demands interchange receive attention

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — City Council has voted to “force the hand” of the Ministry of Highways to improve a notorious interchange, in a decision that divided council and caused concern among members.

The newly-elected Liberal MLAs and mayor George Ferguson agreed that the best approach was to submit a list of highway project priorities to the new government through the Fraser Valley Regional District.

But, Coun. George Peary insisted that council force the issue with the Ministry, and have what he called “the worst intersection in the Lower Mainland” improved. The intersection in question is the Mt. Lehman interchange at the Fraser Highway.

“This will force the Ministry of Transportation and Highways to the table. Allowing it to proceed shows good faith to the developers,” agrees Coun. Ed Fast, noting the municipality has had poor relations with the “dysfunctional” regional district.

Ferguson was disappointed with the vote result, which was 5-3 in favor of forcing the issue.

“This government won’t deal with every little municipality running to highways with their pet projects – I’m only passing along the message,” says Ferguson, who recently met with Liberal representatives.

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