Letter: Street design flaws create difficulty for drivers, seniors

Editor: I read with great interest the letter written by Jeff Miller regarding 203 Street roadway in last week's paper (the Times, July 21.

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Editor: I read with great interest the letter written by Jeff Miller regarding 203 Street roadway in last week’s paper (the Times, July 21.

Let me say that we agree with everything Mr. Miller says. He covered most of the things we felt were wrong with that piece of roadway.

However, we do have a couple more observations to make regarding the poorly designed street.

Our first concern is the removal of the right turn lane from Grade Crescent onto 203 Street.

It is now covered with a large expanse of concrete and blacktop, complete with curbing, thus making it impossible to move out of the way of the driver wishing to continue straight ahead on Grade Crescent towards 200 Street. Now you have several drivers lined up on Grade Crescent, some wishing to go right, some wishing to go left and some wishing to go straight ahead — all at the mercy of the car ahead of him.

Please tell me what was wrong with having directional lanes on Grade Crescent?

My husband volunteers with the Langley seniors centre to drive seniors to appointments. Now that the new roadway is completed, the place he used to park outside of the Cedar and Alder buildings to pick up these elderly people is now a bus stop, or the parking has been eliminated for pretty curbs and pavement.

He cannot park there, so he drives around looking for parking. Consequently, the senior, often using a cane or walker, is forced to walk a considerable distance to get to the car.

The same is true when dropping them off.

Mr. Miller is correct when he says it is a very bad design.

We sincerely hope these issues will be addressed before another such folly is perpetrated upon us with our tax dollars.

Warner and Margaret Smith,

Langley

Langley Times

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