'This is a very dangerous intersection'

Residents near 53A Street and 16th Avenue in Tsawwassen will have to wait a bit longer before safety improvements are made at what they say has become a dangerous intersection.

Director of engineering Steven Lan was to have brought forward a report with recommendations to Delta council at Monday’s meeting, but asked council to withdraw the report to allow more time to consult with residents.

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“Certainly we have received communications from the neighbourhood, but what we would like to do is go out and consult with the neighbourhood on not only short-term improvements, but long-term improvements as well,” said Lan.

“I think what we have heard is that the neighbourhood is interested in pedestrian safety measures in addition to the vehicle safety measures, so we would be looking at extra crossings and traffic calming opportunities.”

Mayor George Harvie asked that staff bring the report back to council for consideration as quickly as possible.

“This is a very dangerous intersection,” said Harvie. “It’s also very dark this time of year, so I really appreciate the residents bringing this forward.”

Coun. Dan Copeland asked that staff address cycling safety as well, which Lan said they would.

Residents have been lobbying Delta for the past year-and-a-half for safety improvements, including better lighting, a stop sign and a marked crosswalk.

The intersection has been the scene of countless accidents, including one recently where a vehicle ended up on a retaining wall in the front yard of a home. The crash occurred at night in a heavy rainstorm.

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