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Only two options left in Fraser River crossing

LANGLEY, B.C. -- One of the proposed options for a new Fraser River crossing has been scrapped, leaving only two ot...


LANGLEY, B.C. — One of the proposed options for a new Fraser River crossing has been scrapped, leaving only two other options being considered.

The City of Langley recently reported to TransLink that a bridge crossing at 192 St. isn’t feasible, with the street unable to handle the increased traffic it would receive if a bridge were built there.

The two options remaining include building a bridge at 200 St. connecting with Lougheed Hwy. on the north side of the river or a Barnston Island tunnel proposal, which is constantly evolving as TransLink investigates the option further. That proposal consists of building a bridge near 194 St. that would connect to Barnston Island and then turn into an underwater tunnel from the island to Maple Ridge.

Whichever option is chosen in the end, it’s a near certainty that tolls will be charged to travellers.

“With tolls and the public there’s often a red flag that comes up,” admits TransLink Chairman, Doug McCallum while discussing the idea with local media. “With this project it’s all been positive reaction and the public is supportive (of charging tolls).”

A public consultation will be held Feb. 11 at Mountainview Alliance Church in Langley to further discuss the potential crossing.


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