A makeover of the recently rebuilt intersection of the two 56 Avenues

A makeover of the recently rebuilt intersection of the two 56 Avenues

Langley Township does another makeover at intersection of 56 and 56

Weeks after finishing changes to a potentially dangerous intersection on 56 Avenue, more changes are coming.

The recently rebuilt intersection of the two 56 Avenues near 246 Street will get a do-over to reduce a steep grade, in response to residents’ complaints.

Engineering and Community Development manager Ramin Seifi told the Monday afternoon  meeting of Township council the work would be carried out by the developer of the nearby former Tuscan Farm Gardens site, Lavender Hills Holdings, within the next “two to three weeks.”

Crews changed the shape of the crossing from a V- into a T-shape last month, generating a number of complaints that the road grade was too steep.

“There have been deficiencies in construction which will be addressed,” Seifi said.

The work will correct the “steepness” of the altered intersection and improve sight lines, but it will remain a “T” shape, he said.

Seifi was responding to questions by Councillor Kim Richter about residents’ complaints.

The work on the intersection, where 56 Avenue is split into two identically-named roads as it crosses a tributary of the Salmon River, was funded by the builder as part of its plan to build 65 houses on the southern 32 acres of an 80-acre former farm site at 24453 60 Ave.

The project was approved by Langley Township council in May of 2013, following an April 2011 decision by the Agricultural Land Commission to allow the subdivision of the land formerly used by a commercial lavender and echinacea grower.

At the Township public hearing on the proposal, opponents of the Tuscan project complained it was another case of building high-density housing on protected agricultural land.

Those in support argued the project actually increased the amount of farmland in Langley because the developer intended to restore the northern 48 acres to make them more suitable for agriculture.