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If these birds had a voice, I bet they would speak out against the road. Let's give a voice to the voiceless.

I would like to point out that it is not too late for the proposed freeway to be stopped.

Right now, what appears to be freeway construction is not really construction at all; it is merely piles of sand being laid along the proposed freeway’s route. This sandy pre-load must sit for 2-5 years before it is removed and paving can begin. Combine this with our government’s current lack of funds, and it is clear that this freeway is not a done deal.

If the road is being built to accommodate increased container traffic from Deltaport, then it is unnecessary. Decisions to expand the port and construct the SFPR were made prior to the recession, prior to plans for a Panama Canal expansion, and prior to the 14% decrease in port traffic experienced in 2009 – a level that is expected to remain constant throughout 2010.

If the road is being built to decrease congestion, it would fail there as well. Basic transportation planning teaches that when building a new road, people will drive more often, live further away from their place of work, or change their route so that the new road quickly reaches previous levels of congestion.

The Alex Fraser Bridge was constructed with the hopes of reducing congestion on Hwy. 99. It was estimated that it would take seven years to become congested; however, it ended up taking only 9 months!

We need to be seriously considering alternatives to the SFPR. Rail lines from Deltaport could be expanded and electrified. Short-sea shipping, which involves moving containers down the Fraser River by barge, is another option. Both of these would reduce air pollution, truck traffic, and congestion, without paving over our farmland or threatening Burns Bog.

The people of this region need to come together and make our voices heard on this issue.

For the full down low on the SFPR, click here