Walkway Gets $1 Million in Funds

By Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance - Friday, July 25, 2008

The new pedestrian overpass will be partially paid for by the provincial government. The province will pick up one third of the $3 million bill for a new pedestrian overpass crossing a busy section of 200th Street.

Langley MLAs Rich Coleman and Mary Polak, along with provincial transportation minister Kevin Falcon and Township Mayor Kurt Alberts announced the funding deal on Wednesday.

The province has pledged $1 million through the $10 million Localmotion fund. The provincial fund was created to encourage cycling, walking and other healthy transportation alternatives.

Councillor Grant Ward, Mayor Kurt Alberts, MLAs Rich Coleman and Mary Polak, and Coun. Howie Vickberg, were on hand to kick off a pedestrian overpass project.

The overpass will be close to the corner of 68th Avenue, and it will link Routley and Langley Meadows on the west side of 200th to South West Gordon on the east side. "It's located in what will be a very major greenway," said Alberts.

Eventually, paths will link the east side of the overpass as far as the Township Civic Facility in the 20300 block of 65th Avenue.To the west, it will link up with trail systems in Surrey.

Falcon lauded Langley MLAs for getting on board with the Localmotion program, and local politicians for squeezing out a full 10 per cent of the program's funding for their community. He then encouraged the Township and City to ask the province for more funding.

There is a lot of money available to help with bike lane and bicycle infrastructure projects, and the Township should make plans and send in applications, Falcon said.

Construction is expected to start soon on the new pedestrian overpass, and it will take about nine months to finish.

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