Safe roads needed for all

Over the past two years, an elderly pedestrian and a motorcyclist have been victims of fatal accidents involving motor vehicles near 96 Avenue and 123A Street. More recently, two young adults were seriously injured by a pick-up truck while walking in an incomplete crosswalk at 122 Street.

In 2006, the City of Surrey developed a plan to enhance safety by installing raised medians along 96 Avenue from 128 to 120 Streets. An overhead pedestrian walkway was to be constructed steps away from all three accident sites.

However, the project was scrapped without reason after some medians were built from 128 to 126 Streets. The incomplete section of 96 Avenue is where the grandmother, motorcyclist, and two young adults were struck. We now have a half-completed crosswalk at the bottom of a hill with poor visibility and narrow sidewalks where 122 Street intersects with 96 Avenue.

Surrey has grown over the past 30 years, as has traffic along this dangerous stretch of 96 Avenue. If elected officials can commit $100 million to build a new city hall and to construct safe, well-planned roadways with medians and proper crosswalks around it, they certainly find money to make all roads in Surrey safe for our families.

How many more families will suffer before council and the city implement a permanent fix to a problem that they have known about for at least eight years?

Ike Birk


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