News

City ordered to address railway-crossing safety

A flag person stands guard on Vye Road as a train blocks traffic in both directions.  - Kevin Mills
A flag person stands guard on Vye Road as a train blocks traffic in both directions.
— image credit: Kevin Mills

Abbotsford will now provide flag people at the Vye Road railway crossing.

The move comes after Transport Canada issued an order to the city to maintain a flagging crew there until public safety can be ensured.

The city received the notice on April 19, which indicated a risk to public safety due to excessive road traffic, ineffective traffic control and traffic ignoring posted stop signs. The order states Abbotsford must either provide traffic safety measures at the crossing through traffic control flagging, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or completely close the crossing during the same time period.

City manager Frank Pizzuto said the flagging crew costs the city $500 per day.

“Flagging it is a really short-term solution,” he said.

A more cost-effective solution is being sought, including the installation of railway crossing arms which would alleviate many safety concerns.

Pizzuto said there is a cost-sharing program for railway arms which the city has applied for.

The Vye Road crossing has been an ongoing concern for years. A proposed overpass has been on the city’s priority projects list for years, but funding has never become available.

Pizzuto said another option being discussed for the future is to open up McConnell Road, by Costco, north of Vye Road. Railway arms could be placed on both roads and, potentially, one road could be open if the other was closed.

“The railway intersection would have to be reworked.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Victim's mom wants Robert Pickton charged
 
Deadly dog walker sent to jail
 
Fraser Health plans two-month bump in surgeries and scans
UPDATE: Police incident on Clearbrook Road
 
Referendum Yes campaigners play health card
 
Green MLA Weaver to seek leadership
Police look for help in finding suspect in string of robberies
 
Retaining Supreme Court services a priority, says Chilliwack mayor
 
OUTLOOK: Leading the way in life-changing eye surgery

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.