Engineering some poor road decisions

I also cannot understand why Surrey engineers decided to place a permanent barrier on City Parkway.

I totally agree with Ruth Zalm’s letter regarding road woes (“Road rage or worse coming to North Surrey,” The Leader, Oct. 8).

I also cannot understand why Surrey engineers decided to place a permanent barrier on City Parkway that now blocks any left turn into the Safeway parking lot.

If one travels west on 104 Avenue it is now impossible to turn left to City Parkway, then left to Safeway. What is the point of doing this? The only entrance to Safeway from 104 Avenue now is from King George Boulevard.

I also cannot understand why the city decided to put a traffic light on the corner of 104 Avenue and 142 Street. 142 Street is only two blocks long south of 104 Avenue and does not go north of 104 Avenue.

So why do we need a traffic light to service a road only two blocks long? I always thought the idea is to try to keep traffic moving as much as possible, but now we have a light that only creates more traffic back-ups on 104 Avenue.

When one considers the unnecessary exhaust pollution and brake use from the thousands of vehicles that must stop at the red light daily, with nothing coming from 142 Street, it is ridiculous.

If the light was set for on command use, it might be tolerated, but the light just keeps turning red for no reason at all.

I would really love to read a Surrey traffic engineer’s reasoning for these totally unnecessary problems.


Derek Coughtrey


Surrey North Delta Leader

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