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Section of winding road that leads to Golden Ears Park set to be straightened

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WATCH: Fern Crescent, a winding stretch of road in Maple Ridge that leads to Golden Ears Park, could be straightened. But some residents are not happy with that decision. John Hua reports – Oct 23, 2017

The road that leads to one of the busiest provincial parks in B.C. is slated for straightening.

A section of Fern Crescent, a winding road in Maple Ridge, is set to be redesigned to allow for better traffic flow.

But some visitors to Golden Ears Park are outraged with the towering trees that will likely get axed in the process.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to protest the construction project.

WATCH: Winding road leading to Golden Ears Park could be straightened

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Winding road leading to Golden Ears Park could be straightened – Oct 23, 2017

The petition states that the straightening of this section of road would be an “unnecessary stressor to the freshwater ecosystems of the adjacent river, including several salmon populations.”

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“This road is not only an iconic area of Maple Ridge, but also acts as a mechanism to prevent people from speeding more than they already do on the way to Golden Ears.”

The section of road that will be re-aligned runs from 132 Avenue, at the Eagles Hall, to 236th Street — the winding section.

The city says it will consult with the community about the plan and try to preserve as many trees as it can.

More than 700,000 people visit Golden Ears Park every year.

TransLink has announced it will put $609,000 towards the project.