Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mufford Overpass

In case you missed it, the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor people hosted an open house on September 13th and 14th about the new proposed design for the facility.

New Design for Mufford Overpass
The Roberts Bank Corridor project will see the construction of some eight overpasses in a bid to try and relief congestion caused by the railways. Probably the most controversial project in the whole plan is the Mufford Overpass. After being rejected by the Agricultural Land Commission last year, the Ministry of Transportation redesigned the project to use 5.9ha of farmland instead of 12ha. In addition, the original design did not include bike lanes, but it looks like the new plan will include a multi-use trail and a bike lane which is good news.

One of the things that I find interesting about this whole process is that it took the rejection of the first plan to come up with a better plan that uses less agricultural land. I have to wonder if other projects like the farming-killing South Fraser Perimeter Road which prevents 90ha of Delta from ever being farmed again when through the same process. I have a feeling that it didn't.

I know that some people will not be happy with this new Mufford Overpass, but as it reduces the loss of farmland, plus allows east-west access in Langley when there is a training, this is a much better plan.

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