Highway 17 is built on the old shingle and slate dumpsite in North Delta, which in the ’90s caught fire causing a local state of emergency.
The Ministry did “as much as possible” to mitigate the settling they expected to see, and plans were made to stabilize the Highway as the ground underneath moved. “We expect the area to continue slowly settling for another three to five years, and once it is stabilized then staff can establish a permanent solution,” the statement reads from the Ministry in response to MLA Ravi Kahlon’s recent attack.
The Highway has halved the commute time precisely as it was designed to do, in addition to rerouting heavy traffic away from urban areas and communities.
Utilizing this old fill site rather than abandon it ultimately is prudent in a Province like ours where we are running out of room in the lower mainland. There are many benefits to repurposing this land for a Highway and the engineering involved in making it work is complicated but worthwhile for our community in North Delta.
MLA Kahlon went airborne in his vehicle at 60kmh driving over the bumps caused by the settling of the ground. Bumps that are monitored and worked on as needed by the Ministry. I was surprised to read that he managed to find air at 60kmh on a stretch of Highway I know well.
The narrative pushed last week by the NDP made no sense. I felt (not for the first time) sorry for any staffer in an NDP ministry as it seems only a matter of time before the NDP throws them under the bus. It’s not a good sign when a Ministry has to publicly contradict a Government MLA and Parliamentary Secretary. I was surprised that MLA Kahlon and the NDP caucus didn’t gingerly walk away from this narrative, but instead doubled down with social media and tv interviews.
Paul de Jong’s
post http://bit.ly/31YbDfc “Horgan Government’s community benefits agreement is all bust, no boom” was published shortly after. Just like that, the nonsensical narrative was put into context.
February 2019, MLA Kahlon welcomed “upgrades to the Highway 91, Highway 17, and Highway 91
I can only assume that we are going to hear from the NDP and MLA Kahlon shortly (if we haven’t already) how that $245million budget has been blown not because of the CBAs (Community Benefits Agreement) but because the BC Liberals built Highway 17 on a fill-site which has come as a bit of a shock to the NDP, airborne MLA Kahlon and the Ministry who are now scrambling to figure out how to engineer a solution.
The Construction Industry described the NDP’s attempt at explaining Horgan’s CBA dollars for buddies scheme as a “complete fiasco.” Read Paul de Jong’s post to understand the magnitude of this fiasco and the out of control costs. “It’s a misuse of taxpayers money that leaves fewer funds for public projects.”