No easy fix for intersection at 248 Street and Fraser, Langley Township Councillors told

Four lane option costly, crash stats don't support major changes says project engineer

A Township staff report suggests that widening Fraser Highway to four lanes would improve traffic flow through 248 Street. The cost, at least $4 million per kilometre, is prohibitive. Council is taking no action.

A Township staff report suggests that widening Fraser Highway to four lanes would improve traffic flow through 248 Street. The cost, at least $4 million per kilometre, is prohibitive. Council is taking no action.

There was little comforting news for motorists who regularly use the intersection of Fraser Highway and 248 Street.

Project engineer Richard Welfing advised council  on June 11 that crash history does not justify making major changes at the intersection, which ranked 26th in the 2011 crash statistics.

Welfing said that traffic delays and volumes “are significant,” especially for vehicles eastbound on Fraser Highway.

The speed limit is 80 km/h on Fraser Highway, and 50 km/h on 248 Street.

The Township has made modifications to enhance safety at the intersection, adding left-turn bays and advance left-turn signals.

The ideal solution, Welfing said, is to widen Fraser Highway to four lanes.

The current cost is $4 million per kilometer but, given the topography and the location of utility poles, the cost would likely be higher, he said.

Fraser Highway carries about 25,000 vehicles a day, while 248 Street carries about 4,400 vehicles a day north of Fraser Highway, and approximately 2,600 south of the major arterial road.

Because of the vast difference in volume in the four legs of traffic, a roundabout would be unsuitable, Welfing said.

Council received the report and took no action.

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