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Zero Avenue to close near Aldergrove crossing for next 18 months
The section of Zero Avenue that runs west of highway 13 to the Aldergrove border crossing will close down on July 28 for 18 months.
Traffic heading south to the border on highway 13 will be redirected to a new crossing.
The date was confirmed in a Monday (July 14) memo from the Township of Langley engineering division to mayor and council.
The shutdown will accommodate the $17.7 million reconstruction of the Aldergrove port of entry that was announced in April.
The Canadian Border Service Agency has scheduled a public information session on Wednesday, July 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aldergrove Alliance church at 26291 28 Ave.
The memo said representatives from the provincial ministry of transportation “will be in attendance to present an improvement concept for the intersection of Highway 13 at 264 Street.”
The $17.7 million overhaul of the buildings and road access to the Aldergrove port of entry was announced April 14 by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney and Langley MP Mark Warawa.
Warawa said the decision was the result of “seven to eight years of work to make the Aldergrove crossing, a strategic location, work to its full potential.”
Blaney said the aging Canadian Border Services Agency building at Aldergrove “would be gone in 18 months,” replaced by new structures that would serve “two new commercial lanes and five travel lanes, with the potential for up to eight in the future.”
The project also includes a Nexus lane and a new commercial examination warehouse.
The Aldergrove border crossing project includes an expansion of Highway 13 to four lanes.
Access from Zero Avenue would be eliminated, something some south Aldergrove farmers are unhappy with, because Zero Avenue currently provides farm machinery access to working farms on both sides of the highway.
- with files from Kurt Langmann