By Dan Ferguson
Apr 01 2005
The battle over the big rigs that rumble along River Road in North
Delta has gone before TransLink, which is considering a proposal by
the municipality that would ban all large trucks on the road between
Nordel Way and Delta-Surrey border.
In a letter to the regional transportation authority, Mayor Lois
Jackson argues trucks could be redirected along Nordel Way and Scott
Rd. because recent improvements to the Scott Rd. hill in Surrey will
make it easier for semi-trailers to navigate the route.
On Tuesday, the B.C. Trucking Association issued a statement
condemning the proposal, predicting it would add another 4,000
trucks a day to Nordel, causing even more congestion at the already
crowded Nordel Way weigh scales.
"River Road remains the most direct route to and from Fraser-Surrey
Docks," the association stated.
"Unnecessarily forcing trucks to reach this destination circuitously
will only increase emissions and operating costs..."
Residents who live along North Delta's River Rd. have complained for
years about increasing numbers of large trucks that pass through
"Our house shakes, shudders and vibrates every time one of our
neighbourhood trucks spews its fumes down the Annieville hill,"
resident Bonnie Olsen said in a recent letter to The Leader.
"In our house, you don't open windows during the summer heat or you
simply don't sleep ... we all wear earplugs nightly despite going
through the trouble of installing double pane windows through the
North Delta resident Tom Green noted trucks are running lights and
cutting off local drivers.
"There's going to be a major accident," Green said.
Most residents say the preferred solution is to build the
long-discussed South Fraser Perimeter Rd. to route big trucks away
from the residential area.
North Delta trucker Phil Blanchette says the ban will simply
relocate the problem.
"It would push it into a different area, that's all it would do."
He believes stepped-up traffic enforcement would help.
"The biggest problem is the noise, and I see it all the time, guys
coming down the hills from Annieville with their jake brakes on for
no reason," Blanchette said.
The last time Delta proposed limits on trucks along River Rd. was in
2002, when the municipality sought a nighttime ban, which TransLink
Mayor Jackson said the chances the current board will approve
relocating the trucks to Nordel are "slim" but the community has to
keep pressing the issue with TransLink and the provincial and
A follow-up meeting on truck traffic issues is planned for Tuesday,
April 12 at Brooke Elementary School at 8718 Delwood Dr. beginning
at 6:30 p.m.