It's long past time to fix Old Yale Road in Murrayville

Editor: This is an open letter to Langley Township mayor and council.

I have lived in Langley for more than 45 years, and most recently in Murrayville for 20 years.

The condition of Old Yale Road is long past due for resurfacing, especially from approximately 214A Street east to the roundabout at 216 Street.

I have had conversations with a Township councillor, who lives in Murrayville, regarding Old Yale Road.

He said there are a number of reasons why the road work has been put on the back burner and why it has not been resurfaced. He said “If it was resurfaced, more people would use Old Yale, therefore excessive speeding would occur, creating a speedway.” It would be a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and the Montessori school students.

He also mentioned that resident Wally Martin has made his feelings known to council about the heritage aspect of the road, and suggested re-surfacing the road with concrete rather than pavement, just like it was in the old days.

Regardless of all the reasons why not to do the improvements, this portion of the road needs the attention of the mayor and council. Council needs  to do the right thing as soon as possible.

At the present time, there are patches, paved-over patches and now we have big chunks of pavement, the size of baseballs, loose on the road. This is a hazard now.

If it is the “heritage people” that are holding this up, then simply put up a brass plaque at the City end of Old Yale and another plaque up, somewhere by the United Church, explaining the history of the Old Yale’s horse and buggy past. Put in a couple of those wide speed bumps, (traffic calming devices) and create a traffic-calmed neighbourhood.

Not repairing the road is causing excessive wear and tear on our vehicles.

Randall Bowcott,


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