Detour all summer on River Road in northeast Langley

A stretch of River Road is closed until further notice after a culvert collapsed near the Abbotsford-Langley border.

Sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning, a section of road collapsed where a slough meets the Fraser River, said Jan Loots, manager of projects for the City of Abbotsford.

The culvert was a sizeable corrugated steel pipe, and Loots said they aren’t sure yet why it collapsed. They can’t even safely get to many of the pieces yet.

Replacing it will require a purpose-built culvert, and it will take several weeks just to order the new structure. Getting everything installed could take until the end of the summer.

“We will attempt to have it complete by the end of August,” said Loots.

The road closure will affect drivers and cyclists using River Road east of 272nd Street in Langley and west of Lefeuvre Road in Abbotsford. Traffic is being diverted south on those roads to 84th Avenue.

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