Revised Mufford overpass plans to be unveiled Tuesday

An open house on plans for the revised rail overpass at Mufford Crescent and 64 Avenue will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday.

An open house on plans for the revised rail overpass at Mufford Crescent and 64 Avenue will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The new plans for the rail overpass were developed by the ministry of transportation as a replacement for the planned overpass that would have linked 64 Avenue on both sides of the railway tracks. The overpass project would have included a new road from near the Costco at 64 Avenue and Willowbrook Connector to 64 Avenue east of Glover Road. It would have crossed farmland, and was rejected last year by the Agricultural Land Commission as being too intrusive on ALR land.

Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom announced in July that plans for the new overpass had been completed. However, no details were revealed at that time. The ministry has been consulting with area land owners and government officials on the plans, and will unveil its revised plan at the open houses.

The ministry took over responsibility for the project from the Township, after the rejection of the earlier plans.

The overpass project is to be funded as part of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program, which includes funds from all levels of government, as well as the railways, Port Metro Vancouver and TransLink. The Mufford overpass project was initially budgeted at just over $50 million.

The open house will be held at Langley Golf and Banquet Centre, 21550 44 Avenue, from 3 to 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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