Update: Langford Not Abandoning Interchange Yet, Will Finish It Eventually, Needs Bailout Now

The half-built but apparently deserted "interchange to nowhere." Photo: Pete Rockwell
Looks like our little post about the sad abandonment of that oh-so-crucial highway interchange in Langford HIT A NERVE. It got picked up by a couple other blogs and hundreds of new visitors read about it. The story even prompted the Goldstream Gazette, the newspaper of record for wiping Len Barrie's ass, to barf out a whole column of denial, back-pedaling, spin and pure buffoonery. Good job!

We love to deconstruct stupidity and expose duplicity - so cheers to the Gazette for this wonderful opportunity to do both!
Langford in No Hurry to Finish Interchange

Langford officials say there is no big rush to finish the $25-million project, now eyed for 2010 or 2011.
Oh? Is that why Langford called in 100 armed officers with dogs and sniper rifles to clear out a few protestors? Is that why they disregarded established civil law process and then used feller-buncher machines to nuke every last tree in a matter of hours? Is that why they gave Leigh Road homeowners FIVE DAYS to submit to the city's buyout/expropriation order? Is that why they didn't consult with the community al all? Holy crow, WTF would Langford do if it WAS in a hurry? Bulldoze the houses with the people still inside? Drop a bomb?
Last summer, the Spencer Road Interchange construction area was a hub of work. These days the area is quiet and Langford says completion hinges on getting connector roads built on Skirt Mountain.
Of course, let's build the secondary roads first, then maybe we'll put in the highway access. Makes perfect sense!
There is no functional urgency at this point,” said interchange project manager Tim Stevens. “The Spencer Road intersection at the highway is still working.”
WHAT? That's madness! Don't you remember? If the interchange doesn't go forward, everyone in Langford and Victoria WILL DIE!!

Langford mayor Stew Young came out with guns blazing to defend his council’s decisions, telling those in attendance that if the interchange is not built “You will kill Langford’s economy—you will kill Victoria’s economy." ("Bylaws play to packed house," Monday Magazine, January 23, 2008.)

Oh well, that was then. This is now...

Stevens said the amount of planning is considerable, especially along Leigh Road where poles, power lines and other infrastructure needs relocating.
Uhhh, but they told us this thing's been planned since like 1994, when Len Barrie first rode his dirt bike up the hill and decided to piss on everyone below. We're confused now. What exactly does Langford's planning department DO? Didn't they notice the power lines on Leigh Road when they supposedly started designing this monstrosity so many years ago?

Wait, here's the kicker.
Langford acting clerk administrator Jim Bowden said the pace of construction depends on if the City gets millions in government infrastructure grants to help build connecting roads between the interchange and Bear Mountain Parkway.
Ah, yessss, those preciousss government grants. As we've pointed out, there may be a little problem with that. Don't forget the city is including those unreceived grants as revenue in the 2009 Fudge-it Budget. Which reminds us: WTF is going on with Langford's accounting department?
Interchange construction also depends on the pace of the 2,800-unit south Skirt Mountain development, he said.
Ha ha! Good one, Jim! But WRONG. Please refer to the Master Development Agreement, a signed, enforceable contract between the city and the South Skirt Mountain developers. Here's Schedule C, page 26, paragraph 4 of the Agreement:

"The Owners shall not carry out any work on any portion of the Lands, including construction of buildings, installation of works or services, or clearing or grading of land, until Phase 1 of the Trans-Canada Highway Spencer Road Interchange has been completed and is fully in use" (although that could change if they got an order from the Transportation Minister.)

Bowden goes on to say the city hasn't borrowed any money for the project yet, even though it has a $9.75 million line of credit with TD Bank. Whoops! No, he didn't. (Did someone actually fact check that BS?) Here's what the Gazoo says now (updated 2:49 pm August 14)
Bowden said the interchange is still on budget and the City hasn’t needed to borrow beyond $9.75 million authorized by council. Bowden said the City has borrowed between $5 and $6 million for the project.
Here's the original:
Bowden said the interchange is still on budget and the City hasn’t needed to borrow money yet. Council authorized Langford to borrow up to $9.75 million for the project.

Stop the presses! Oh, too late, ten thousand copies have already been printed and distributed. (Ten bucks says we won’t see a correction next week! Ha, suckers.)

Remember, folks, it is NOT ILLEGAL for city officials, politicians, and even journalists to lie (in most cases). So don’t worry – nothing shady is going on, just Langford business as usual!


  1. Newspapers like the Goldstream News Gazette are whining about the demise of their industry, but when they stopped delivering the news and the truth - replacing it with propaganda and sucking up to their advertisers, they lost sight of the purpose of their existence.

    Stew Young and his crew are just fucked in the head.

  2. In this case I think there is some truth to the article. There was a comment a while ago on another blog that the 2008 Langford financial statements didn't seem to show any financing for the Spencer Road interchange. I believe then that Bowden's comments are likely true.

    I think that work has stopped for one reason; the developers are broke and the City has finally figured out that they have hitched themselves to the wrong wagon!

    Perhaps there are some who believe that the Arabs are coming to the rescue, but I think that the majority opinion at City Hall is that Langford is going to be on the hook for the whole enchilada and there is no point throwing good money after bad now.

    We may have a shell of an overpass and a very large "ditch" for many years to come.

  3. Good work Wtf Langford! Unlike the Corporate media; you've actually done some research and printed the facts! I don't know how those guys from the Gazette can show their faces in Langford, but then, I don't know how City Hall officials do either. I wouldn't even wipe my ass with that embarrasing trashy lame waste of paper and ink!

    Fun though; to watch them frantically try to hang on to "something/anything!" The whole corrupt dirty bunch of them have been EXPOSED! Only a matter of time.....Keep shedding light wtf!

  4. Could you have some more polls? I didn't get a chance to vote.

  5. Just discovered WTF Langford via a link posted on Vibrant Victoria. This is fantastic! Keep up the good work!

  6. As a recent purchaser of a condo at BM, I would like to compliment you on your blog.

    Unbaised coverage is key to any process and whether one agrees with expansion or not, your strong (albeit slightly slanted) reporting provides a balance that can only help.

    Keep up the good work!