Township of Langley Intersections Improved With Federal Gas Tax Money

Langley – Traffic congestion has been eased and safety enhanced at two Township of Langley intersections, thanks to improvement projects undertaken with contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. They are the first projects utilizing the Gas Tax Fund to be completed in the Township.

In March 2017, improvements were made to increase capacity and reduce traffic congestion and delays at the intersection of 56 Avenue and 248 Street. The crossing was previously controlled by a four-way stop and experienced significant vehicle back-up during peak hours. The intersection improvement project included the installation of a traffic signal, left turn bays for eastbound and westbound traffic, and raised sidewalk extensions on all four corners. The addition of pedestrian push buttons and overhead lighting has enhanced safety for pedestrians, and a storm main upgrade was included in the project. The improvements were completed in June.

Traffic congestion has been eased and safety enhanced at two Township of Langley intersections, thanks to improvement projects undertaken with contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. They are the first projects utilizing the Gas Tax Fund to be completed in the Township.

In March 2017, improvements were made to increase capacity and reduce traffic congestion and delays at the intersection of 56 Avenue and 248 Street. The crossing was previously controlled by a four-way stop and experienced significant vehicle back-up during peak hours. The intersection improvement project included the installation of a traffic signal, left turn bays for eastbound and westbound traffic, and raised sidewalk extensions on all four corners. The addition of pedestrian push buttons and overhead lighting has enhanced safety for pedestrians, and a storm main upgrade was included in the project. The improvements were completed in June.

The Government of Canada contributed $169,806 to the $678,307 project through the federal Gas Tax Fund, and the Township of Langley contributed $508,501.

In September 2017, improvements were undertaken at the intersection of 208 Street and 40 Avenue in Brookswood to improve capacity, reduce traffic congestion and delays, and make it safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.  The intersection was widened to accommodate the addition of dedicated left turn lanes on all four approaches, and bike lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, and refuges were added at all four corners. The pedestrian traffic signal push buttons were replaced to provide sound output for visually impaired pedestrians and additional street lighting was included for the safety of local residents and students attending the nearby school.

The $789,376 project was substantially completed in November. The Government of Canada contributed $379,961 to the project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. A further $57,000 came from an ICBC Grant, while the Township of Langley contributed $352,415.

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $253 million in indexed funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding can be spent on any eligible project the community prioritizes across a broad range of eligible project categories, or it can be pooled with other communities for regional projects, banked for later priorities or used to pay for financed projects.

The Union of BC Municipalities administers the federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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