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Delta throwback: Causeway celebration doesn't go as planned

The new causeway ran from the end of 28th Street to the new 55-acre superport
1969 superport causeway opens
A visit to the new Delta superport island in 1969 gave municipal officials a bit of an exercise. From left to right: Glen Thompson, Pat Routledge, Ald. Ernie Bexley and Dan Doswell push a stuck fire department vehicle driven by Delta Fire Chief Cliff Cory.

Let’s head back to April 1969 when a celebration took place to mark the completion of the 15,000-foot causeway to the new Delta superport under construction.

The event, however, left some of those in attendance a little stuck.

The roadway linked the mainland to a man-made island.

In a ceremony, municipal and various other dignitaries raised Delta’s Sungod flag after stepping on the deep sea coal terminal land for the first time.

Several vehicles including heavy equipment, however, got stuck while parked on the adjacent muddy shoreline.

In field opposite the causeway, surveyors and contractors were still busy working on the rail lineage to the facility.

Meanwhile, Delta farmers and property owners whose lands were expropriated by B.C. Hydro to support future port needs were waiting for arbitration hearings in New Westminster.

About 2,000 acres were expropriated in March 1968 and 2,000 additional acres were expropriated in early 1969.

Opened in 1970, the 55-acre bulk loading facility was operated by Westshore Terminals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kaiser Resources.