Delta councillors oppose port expansion

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DELTA, B.C. — Increasing cargo traffic at the Roberts Bank deepwater terminal will result in more truck traffic and a boost for the local economy but not everyone is happy about it.

Delta City Council recently held a closed-door meeting, not to discuss the economic benefits of increased cargo shipments in the area, but instead they focused on the impact of heavier truck traffic on local residents.

"My bet is that we’re going to see a new highway (in Delta) that will heavily impact Burns Bog, it will fracture yet again the agricultural zones, and will make production in those areas so difficult that it may not become viable," complains Coun. Vicki Huntington.

She went on to say the increased truck traffic will affect all of Delta and Surrey with more trucks along the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road and the River Road corridors.

The meeting came on the heels of an announcement by the Vancouver Port Authority that the Delta port will handle more than three times its current volumes within 20 years.

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