72 Avenue should be a four-lane road

In response to Jason Lewko’s letter requesting the installation of a no-stopping section in front of the traffic light at 116 Street and 72 Avenue, I can only assume he is talking about painting the intersection to remind people to not stop there on a red light.

Regardless of  what is done to the intersection, traffic will not move from 116th as 72nd is at a standstill.

However this is not a solution to the problem. The real solution is to upgrade 72nd to a four-lane road from the current two. While Delta is at it, the municipality should do 64 Avenue as well. The 64 and 72 Avenues are major thoroughfares for east/west traffic, yet the municipality of Delta remains in the Lois Jackson era of horse-drawn buggies and doesn’t understand that the current single-lane roads are a bottleneck when they merge down from four-lane roads.

The B.C. government highways department has also stated that they will not upgrade 72 Avenue and Highway 91 to an overpass (the biggest traffic jam since Hastings Street and Highway #1 days) until Delta does something with the infrastructure  on 72 Avenue.

The fact that Delta won’t upgrade 72nd to four lanes leaves  really only one solution: Vote out Mayor Jackson and for a little more than the price of paint you could fix 72 Avenue.

Paul Sparrow, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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