By Dan Ferguson
May 31 2006
The revised South Fraser Perimeter Road design will reduce the impact of a planned four-lane heavy truck route on residents of North Delta’s Annieville and Sunbury neighbourhoods, a provincial government spokesman said Monday.
“We’ve been able to move the road as far as possible from the residences,” said Mike Proudfoot, executive director of B.C.’s Gateway program.
But at least 75 properties will be directly affected by the route slicing through part or all of existing residential lots, and many others will be coping with increased noise, he conceded.
Proudfoot was delivering an advance look at the design for the North Delta portion of the $800-million four-lane commercial road that will run from Port Kells in Surrey, past the Burns Bog ecological reserve, to Deltaport in Ladner.
The North Delta leg will extend along the Fraser River, next to the exiting railway tracks.
The number of on- and off-ramps has been trimmed as a result of residents’ feedback, Proudfoot said, a measure that has had the benefit of reducing the amount of land required for the road.
A tunnel would not be a practical option, Proudfoot said, because it would cost three times as much as an open-air route and would be “six to seven times the length of the Massey Tunnel” requiring a ban on certain types of cargo.
The Gateway program will hold the first of four open house meetings to discuss the North Delta and Surrey legs of the SFPR, beginning tonight (Wednesday, May 31) at the Tynehead community Hall for Port Kells/Fraser Heights residents from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residents of North Delta’s Sudbury and Annieville neighbourhoods will get their open house on Tuesday, June 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the North Delta Recreation Centre.