LETTERS: Shedding light needlessly

Editor:

The City of Surrey has two new traffic lights in the 15600-block of 32 Avenue.

Editor:

The City of Surrey has two new traffic lights in the 15600-block of 32 Avenue.

The first light eastbound is at the intersection on 156A Street, the second about 100 metres further east at the entrance to a cemetery south of 32 Avenue. There is no exit on the north side at this point.

I use 32 Avenue on a daily basis and, since this light was erected about two months ago, I have not seen any vehicle leave or enter the cemetery. As the cemetery is private property, there would be an assumption that the traffic light is not even at an actual intersection, but the Motor Vehicle Act defines the entrance as a highway as the public has legal access and hence an intersection. However, the traffic light provides no advantage for traffic entering the cemetery. Traffic leaving the cemetery has the option of turning right or left onto 32 Avenue; traffic attempting to turn left on the red light will trip the light and activate a red light for all traffic on 32 Avenue. This part of 32 Avenue, particularly in rush hour, has a high volume of traffic with lineups to the next intersection at 160 Street.

The cemetery property, Gardens of Gethsemani, consists of two small cemeteries and a chapel, and it would appear questionable that an extra traffic light would be required on 32 Avenue, considering the small volume of traffic entering or leaving the cemetery, particularly when there is a viable option of having a right-turn-only sign on 32 Avenue that would not further impede the traffic flow.

This situation is similar to a story that happened down home in a small town in Newfoundland.

The townspeople wanted a traffic light as the next town had one. The mayor of the town applied to the proper authorities for a traffic light. They replied that they would have to do a study and get back to him.

The mayor was later contacted by the authorities and advised they did not qualify for a traffic light. Asked the reason, the reply was “because you don’t have an intersection.”

Bill Parrott, Surrey

 

 

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

Just Posted

Cloverdale man turns old bed racer into chicken coop

Clayton Heights’ Aaron Grim says repurposed racer ‘easy to clean and easy to collect the eggs’

U-Haul truck hits hydro pole, causes power outage in Surrey

Vehicle driving westbound on Fraser Highway

Two-vehicle crash leads to argument in South Surrey

Police investigating after one driver left the scene

Fire truck, police car hit in chain of crashes on Hwy. 99 in South Surrey

‘People weren’t paying attention,’ says Surrey assistant fire chief

Truck fire in Surrey destroys generator bound for Uganda missions trip, GoFundMe started

Glen Alexander says his ‘Jesus is Lord’ vehicle has been target of vandalism before

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

VIDEO: Highway 1 left looking like winter war zone with dozens of stranded vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Most Read

l -->