Road closure

We have been notified by TI Corp (responsible for construction of the Gateway Project) that Daly Road at the east end of Fraser Heights will be closed to traffic between 104 Avenue and 177A Street 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7 for water main tie-in work. Drivers may use Triggs Road as an alternate route.

 

Letter to Council re: Public Transit in Surrey

The following letter was sent to Mayor Watts and Surrey City Council May 14th 2012:

Mayor and Council,

The Fraser Heights Community Association would like to express its concern and disappointment with the recommendation to cancel the proposed transit service improvements south of the Fraser, in particular the rapid bus along Highway 1.  After years of paying a disproportionately large share of the region’s transit costs while receiving next to no investment in our own community in return we are extremely disappointed that these long overdue improvements have been so easily abandoned.  The members of our community made very clear at our recent meeting the strength of their feelings about this issue and asked that we convey that message to you.

As a community that will soon be surrounded by highways and the only tolled bridges in the lower mainland the disproportionate financial burden we will bear in support of the region’s transit system will increase even more.   The inequities in transit funding and investments are painfully obvious.  While we will continue to subsidize transit for the rest of the region through our property and other taxes, soon every time we cross the bridge we will be paying the full costs of the highway improvements that residents in Coquitlam, New Westminster and Burnaby will enjoy for free.  How ironic that by being denied easy access to rapid transit we will instead fall back on our only practical alternative, the car, increasing, through tolls and fuel taxes, our subsidization of other people’s transit.

No one is bearing the brunt of the bad decisions by those directing and influencing Translink more than the residents of Fraser Heights.  We expect to see our elected representatives, at all levels, demanding the level of transit service in our region that we have more than paid our fair share for over the past decades.  We further expect to see them fight the fundamentally unfair approach to funding which, among other things, will see only the new bridges in and out of Surrey tolled.

Know that when you speak out on these issues on our behalf you have our full support.   Know also that actions speak louder than words.  Thank you for your ongoing efforts.

Regards,

Frank Russell

Fraser Heights Community Association

 

Surrey Rapid Transit Study Update

Please note that Translink will be holding public consultation on the preliminary designs and evaluation of the alternatives for expanding rapid transit for Surrey and surrounding communities that were first presented to the public in October 2010.

You can see the alternatives and sign up for an online webinar at this Surrey Rapid Transit website.

Fraser Heights Bridge – Upcoming Construction

The following letter was sent to residents living in the area affected by the construction:

The following provides an overview of the construction schedule for the new Fraser Heights Bridge that is being constructed as part of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement (PMH1) Project.

The new four-lane Fraser Heights Bridge will be constructed by the PMH1 Project contractor, Kiewit/Flatiron General Partnership, and will connect the new South Fraser Perimeter Road to Highway 1 via 176 Street.

This bridge will cross over an environmentally sensitive area to the north of 168 Street near the CN Rail yard. In order to preserve this area, the new bridge will be built using a top-down construction method. This method of construction involves using the bridge deck, as it progresses, as a working platform from which the support piers are then built. This method limits the need for crew members and heavy equipment to come in contact with the ground during construction. Construction will begin at the east end of the bridge and proceed west.

Construction Timeline – What to expect
In early April, crews will transport material and construction equipment to the bridge site. Starting in mid-April, and continuing intermittently for approximately one year, pile driving will be required to secure the foundation of the bridge. This pile driving will typically occur during the day, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

A geotechnical assessment of the ground conditions in the area suggests that crews will be able to use the quieter method of vibratory piling for approximately the first two thirds of each pile and will then need to use the hammer pile method for the final one third to properly secure each pile.

Concurrent with the pile driving, crews will construct the bridge deck, which as noted above will act as the construction platform as bridge construction advances from east to west. In late May, residents will start to see the structural beams for the bridge being placed. The bridge will be complete in mid-2012.

During this period, residents may hear construction vehicles and concrete trucks move in and out of the site and may see some light from construction spotlights. Pile driving is not planned to take place during overnight hours and every effort will be made to reduce construction noise; however, residents may experience some nighttime noise while work takes place.

Residents are reminded that the area to the north of 168 Street is an active construction zone and unauthorized access is prohibited.

If you have questions about this work or any part of the PMH1 Project, please call the project office at 1-866-999-7641 (PMH1) or email info@pmh1project.com.

20110331 CN1110 Letter to Fraser Heights Residents re Fraser Heights Bridge-Final

Significant Traffic Pattern Change Westbound Highway 1 at 152 Street

Beginning December 12, 2010, a traffic pattern change will be implemented on westbound Highway 1 at the 152 Street Interchange. This temporary traffic pattern change will be significantly different from the current configuration and drivers are urged to use caution and follow the signs.

Please click here to view a Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement (PMH1) Project construction bulletin, including a map, of the traffic pattern change.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team:

Email: info@pmh1project.com
Call Centre: 1-866-999-7641 (PMH1)
Website: www.pmh1project.com

FHCA Contact: Frank Russell

Gateway Plans

Note: these images were updated Sep 1 2010 to replace the outdated images that were originally posted. You are encouraged to go to the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project website linked below to get the most complete and up to date information.

View the original files on the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement website here:

Surrey/Langley Improvements



FHCA Contact: Frank Russell

Gateway Open House – Dec 9 2009

Please be advised that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is holding an open house to view and discuss the plans for the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project as it pertains to the impact on Fraser Heights. Specifically, topics to be discussed include upcoming traffic detours, long-term designs for 152nd Street, 156th Street and 160th Street interchanges, as well as long-term noise mitigation and landscaping options for the community of Fraser Heights between 152nd Street and 164th Street.

The open house is scheduled for the following date and time:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104 Avenue
Surrey

Last week some directors of the FHCA attended a preliminary meeting to view the plans. Some notes from that meeting:

  • Gateway plans to use berms and 3 metre noise walls along the 154th – 156th St and 156th – 158th Street corridors.
  • There are no plans for noise walls in the area from Fraser Glen to 164th St. The only noise abatement planned in that area is the existing line of trees and some additional landscaping plants. Gateway feels that the houses along this stretch are sufficiently set back from the highway such that additional noise mitigation measures aren’t necessary.
  • Gateway is not planning on using noise reduced pavement anywhere along the Fraser Heights stretch of highway. They argue that it would be too costly to maintain given the volumes of traffic.
  • Access to Highway 1 from 110th Ave/152nd Street will be closed permanently in late January or February 2010.
  • A public meeting to discuss the area between 168th and 176th Streets will be held in the spring.

FHCA Contact: Heather Nelson