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Overpass Solution


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Presentation to Langley Township Council on the proposed Mufford/64th Ave. rail overpass on February 9, 2009.

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Overpass Solution

  1. 1. 64 th Avenue / Mufford Crescent Rail Overpass F ebruary 9, 2009
  2. 2. Today’s Situation <ul><li>Safety is an issue every time a train travels through the Langley municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Long delays at rail crossings result in increased costs and environmental impacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For every minute a train blocks a crossing there is a five minute multiplier effect on traffic resulting in gridlock during peak hours </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. CTA Warrants ALREADY exceeded for Grade Separation
  4. 5. 2006 Community Survey <ul><li>69% are prepared to pay $60 per year/ $5 per month to construct options that will avoid congestion at Rail Crossings. </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Need <ul><li>Port Metro Vancouver –essential for Canada, BC, Metro Vancouver, Langleys </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in Road & Rail Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing & increasing GRIDLOCK without overpasses </li></ul><ul><li>Port Expansion in progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3rd Berth completion in 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 2 to add 3 more berths (total 6 berths) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Projected Train Growth
  7. 8. First Choice <ul><li>Use Alternative Rail Route(s) for Heavy Rail Traffic to/from port </li></ul><ul><li>This has been explored vigorously and exhaustively and we are advised this is not a realistic option. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Facing Reality <ul><li>Seek an overpass solution which : </li></ul><ul><li>Improves Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Functions Effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Is sustainable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmentally: CEAA, ALC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economically </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is ‘doable’ </li></ul><ul><li>Is ‘fundable’ </li></ul>
  9. 10. TOL Master Transportation Plan Willowbrook Street Plan 6.3B
  10. 11. Finding an Optimum Solution <ul><li>Wide support for an overpass </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rail O/P is a distinct benefit in all scenarios (including passenger train) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobility is enhanced by roads in a grid network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective, efficient, provides alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proposed overpass adds a strategic network link </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily for Langley traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As an alternative for other traffic during a rail event. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Map 64/ Mufford Network Link
  12. 13. Open House (OH) <ul><li>390 attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Provided the project valuable input and suggestions to improve or enhance the design </li></ul><ul><li>Identified information gaps that exist and we will address tonight </li></ul>
  13. 14. Regional Network <ul><li>Recent upgrades to Pacific Highway and Highway#10 west of Cloverdale and imminent construction of South Fraser Perimeter Road will help avoid congestion in Langley. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Langley Network <ul><li>Until recently traffic from northwest to southeast and return relies on Langley By-Pass. </li></ul><ul><li>Network enhanced by addition of 2 links – both rail overpasses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>204 St (City network N-S), and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>64/Mufford (E-W) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Result: balanced use of network with traffic distribution that avoids pinch points and entanglement. </li></ul>
  15. 17. 64/Mufford Overpass <ul><li>Open Houses revealed several specific concerns regarding community issues and further impacts. What we heard. </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic at capacity at Glover/72/Crush especially during a rail event with queues onto 216. </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve to consider improvements at this intersection. </li></ul><ul><li>Residents along 64 are concerned with increased traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve to direct traffic to Glover by installing directional signage at 216/64 to Highway 1. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Other alignment options <ul><li>Community is seeking answers to other alignments; </li></ul><ul><li>First principles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve safety (separate vehicles from trains); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network connectivity (improve mobility, decrease congestion, improve emergency response times); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network redundancy (alternative route in event of accident or emergency) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 21. Option ‘J’ <ul><li>PROS </li></ul><ul><li>Separates trains / vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller initial impact to ALR lands </li></ul><ul><li>CONS </li></ul><ul><li>Fails to improve network connectivity </li></ul>
  18. 22. Option ‘J’ <ul><li>CONS (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses traffic into a congested area. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires widening of By-Pass </li></ul><ul><li>Requires longer structure </li></ul><ul><li>S/bound connection from Glover difficult and costly </li></ul><ul><li>High environmental impact in difficult soils </li></ul><ul><li>Increases ALR impact in med./long term </li></ul><ul><li>Not supported by other partners. </li></ul>
  19. 23. Public Consultation <ul><li>Since 2004 Langley Township has consulted with the public on design concepts and alignments </li></ul><ul><li>Oct. 25, 2004, Presentation of design concepts to Mayor and Council </li></ul><ul><li>April 30, 2005, Willowbrook Mall, Public display. </li></ul><ul><li>May 3, 2005, Christian Life Assembly, Joint Township & City Council Meeting. Public display. </li></ul><ul><li>March 16, 2006, Community Survey reveals traffic remains top concern and 69% are prepared to pay $60 per year / $5 per month to construct options that will avoid congestion at Rail Crossings. </li></ul><ul><li>February 5, 2007 Council Report 07-15 “Master Transportation Plan” </li></ul><ul><li>March 22, 2007, Civic Facility, Public Open House Master Transportation Plan </li></ul>
  20. 24. Other Issues <ul><li>Project does not include closing of farm accesses that cross railway </li></ul><ul><li>Port expansion increases rail traffic – Transport Canada initiated study to determine strategy to resolve transportation/community impacts. </li></ul><ul><li>Project funding is $51M of which Langley Township share is $9.3M </li></ul><ul><li>There are no plans to double track CP Rail or widen Hwy #10 (Glover Road) in this area. </li></ul><ul><li>The Province and ALC have no plans to exclude land from the ALR in this area. </li></ul>