Big changes coming to 72nd Avenue

The city is planning a major upgrade for one of Delta’s busiest and most congested corridors.

Detailed final designs are to be completed in the coming weeks for the 72nd Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, which will see upgrades carried out over a couple of phases from the BNSF overpass to Scott Road.

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Starting next year and to be completed in 2021, the project is to not only improve traffic movement but also reduce the number of motorists cutting through the residential neighbourhoods.

The project is to also improve the North Delta street's aesthetics and correct drainage, sidewalk and street lighting deficiencies.

A preliminary design was presented earlier this year and it was updated based on feedback. The changes include the addition of dual southbound right turn lanes at 112th and 116th streets to reduce que lengths and congestions, the addition of hatch marks at York Place and Blake Drive to improve access from side streets, a new traffic signal at 113th Street to improve safety and accessibility at Heath Elementary as well as confirmation that curb lanes are to be used for on street parking during off-peak hours.  

A report to council notes public feedback, as well as feedback from Delta police, found support for four-laning the roadway, but some property owners expressed concerns about driveway accessibility.

Council still has to give approval to the final design before work commences. The engineering department hasn't yet released the total estimated cost.

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