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Take trucks off city streets

A letter writer wants to see large trucks banned from streets that run through residential areas, such as 88 Avenue in Surrey. - Leader file photo
A letter writer wants to see large trucks banned from streets that run through residential areas, such as 88 Avenue in Surrey.
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I don’t think trucks should be allowed on 88 Avenue, which runs through residential areas, schools, daycares, parks, etc.

The new South Fraser Perimeter Road (Surrey Bypass/Highway 17) is under-used, and this new four-lane expressway takes trucks to the same destination (Alex Fraser Bridge).

One of the proposed benefits of the SFPR, when it was built, was to eliminate traffic through the city.

Regarding the Pattullo Bridge, we all know it is old, narrow, congested and in need of repairs.

Trucks have a new alternative – the Port Mann Bridge (also under-used) – but they don’t take it just to avoid paying tolls.

Using the Pattullo also increases traffic through the city of New Westminster.

Langley, Surrey, Delta and New Westminster should work together and impose a max 10,000 GVW limit for trucks driving through cities and residential areas. It would mean significantly less congestion, noise and pollution, and more safety.

 

Marcelo Sanchez

 

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