The cost to widen 240th Street is about $1 million.

Widening for 240th section

Sidewalks for Selkirk, Walmart improvements.

  • Jul. 30, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Maple Ridge council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to easing a major traffic choke-point in Albion.

Work starts within weeks on widening two blocks of 240th Street, from 102nd to 104th avenues, just north of Albion elementary.

The area now is often congested with school traffic or vehicles moving north from Lougheed Highway.

The cost of the project, awarded to Imperial Paving, is about $1 million, and will involve widening from two to four lanes, building a multi-use path on the east side of 240th Street, sidewalks and street lights.

Drainage and storm sewer work has already been done, allowing construction of the road, which will take about two months.

Once done, the newly built-up area will have a completed four-lane section of road from Lougheed Hwy. to 104th Ave.

Meanwhile, council also OK’d fixing up a road in the downtown.

That entails installing a sidewalk on the south side of Selkirk Avenue, between 225th and 226th streets, and repaving and widening the roadway. Marked cycle paths, landscaping and street furniture will all be part of the $679,000 project, awarded to AC Paving Co., which put in the lowest of three bids. Cost of the project is included in the city’s financial plan.

The intent of the project is to continue to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly. Construction of a sidewalk will make it easier for people to walk between Haney Place Mall and Valley Fair Mall.

Council also approved Walmart’s redecoration plans for the outside of the former Target store at the west end of Haney Place Mall.

Walmart announced recently it was taking over the space after Target closed all its stores earlier this year after a brief venture into the Canadian market.

Council was happy that Walmart said it would improve landscaping and add more trees in the parking lot, following suggestions by the advisory design panel.

Mayor Nicole Read said one resident has suggested that Walmart keep the concrete balls on the sidewalk at the west end of the store and paint them yellow and put smiley faces on them.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Why are mobile lab workers not getting hazard pay?

A Pitt Meadows essential service worker questions why she and coworkers are not being compensated

PHOTOS: Maple Ridge Cubs conduct porch-based food drive

A Scouting from Home effort sees kids collecting non-perishables for the Friends In Need Food Bank

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

LETTER: Hear your postie’s plea about dogs

When a canine bites, it’s seldom the animal but rather the owner at fault

Gifted tablet help connect patients with loved-ones

Amid COVID, Ridge Meadows Hospital continues to receive a variety of different kinds of donations

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping The News to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

‘Not a joke’: Promoter wants to rocket-launch man the length of White Rock pier

Brooke Colby says he’s building an eight-foot rocket in his backyard

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Boy, 2, left with ‘soft tissue injuries’ after being hit by car in Squamish intersection

Boy was release from hospital, police continue to investigate

Most Read