Making 72 Avenue four lanes not feasible

Re: “72 Avenue should be a four-lane road,” Leader letters, July 19.

In response to Paul Sparrow, the idea of converting 72nd Avenue into four lanes is not feasible, not only because it is too narrow, but also because there are driveways onto 72 Ave. for the residents.

Delta was created differently, without back alleys, and trying to restructure the neighbourhoods is impossible. I would hope that everyone realizes Delta’s mainly residential community has already sacrificed itself by expanding Nordel Way to Scott Road and making it four lanes.

Don’t forget the forests, streams, wildlife, heritage homes, and quiet Annieville neighbourhoods that have been destroyed for the South Fraser Perimeter Road. If you can’t use transit, carpools or work closer to home, those living east of Delta can zip through Delta on Nordel Way, along Hwy 10 or use Delta’s two-lane 64 Ave./Kittson Parkway that is wider and could, “for the price of paint,” be converted to four lanes because there are no homes directly bordering it. 72nd Ave. cannot, and should not, be considered a major feeder route to the 91A Ave. Get used to it.

The intersection of 116 and 72 Ave. should not be “realigned” because people will drive through thinking it is a through route to 64th.

I hope this November’s upcoming election will bring Delta council’s extravagant spending habits to light. The 116 Street and 72 Avenue intersection just needs new timing on the eastbound 72 Ave. traffic light. Four homes and properties don’t need to be paved over to “realign” this intersection. Fare market value for the homes in this area makes this project start at $2 million. Delta council didn’t even let us know about their plans until a year after they already bought one property.

Lisa Lewko


Surrey North Delta Leader

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