Monday, April 15, 2019

Water main construction along Fraser Highway starts soon

Fraser Highway is a major transportation corridor for Langley City. Not only does Fraser Highway moving people and goods, but it also moves water. Langley City’s primary connection to the Metro Vancouver water system is at Fraser Highway and 196th Street.

Map of Metro Vancouver water main to Langley City. Select map to enlarge.

While Langley City only has one connection to the Metro Vancouver water system, there are also interconnections with the Township of Langley’s water system that can be activated if the primary connection to Metro Vancouver becomes unavailable. Langley City also operates a water reservoir near 200th Street under the BC Hydro high-voltage power lines which can serve as a backup water supply.

The short of it is that what’s underneath Fraser Highway is critically important for our community.

Starting next month, and continuing throughout the summer, work will be done to rehabilitate the water main under Fraser Highway between 196th Street and Production Way. The following notice is from the Langley City website:

Motorists are advised that Langley City will be completing water main construction and road rehabilitation on Fraser Hwy from 196 St to Production Way. Hours of work will be from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday to Friday. Businesses will remain open and two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the course of construction. The City will strive to keep the streets open during normal business hours, although some traffic may be redirected from time to time. Traffic control personnel will be present to direct vehicles and pedestrians safely. Motorists should use alternate routes during this time if possible as there will be delays. Transit services will be available but pedestrians should plan ahead as temporary bus stop locations may be in effect.

Map of project area for Fraser Highway water main and road rehabilitation project. Select map to enlarge.

A route that I encourage people to discover is the 196th Street overpass and 56th Avenue as shown in the following image.

An example detour around Fraser Highway using the 196th Street overpass. Select image to enlarge.

Doing construction on a major road for several months is disruptive, but it will ensure that Langley City residents and businesses will continue to get clean drinking water for many years to come.

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