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If traffic lights on a Town roads seems to be staying red or green for an inappropriate length of time, please let us know so we can investigate: Email or call 403-851-2590.
Traffic lights on Highways 1A and 22 are the jurisdiction of Alberta Transportation and are maintained by Volker Stevin on their behalf. If you see problems on the highways, you can contact them online or at 1-888-VS-ROADS.
Some of the solutions to the Town’s road network depend on the provincial budget; the Town is keeping up the pressure on provincial officials to see our projects reinstated in the three-year capital plan. In the meantime, the Town makes every attempt to implement short-term solutions to alleviate some of the pressure, where applicable.
The long-term plan for Fifth Avenue includes a realignment with Fourth Avenue across Highway 1A. This will allow for better traffic flow and reduce the number of intersections on Highway 1A. The realignment is not expected to add traffic to Fifth Avenue from Cochrane Heights: a portion of traffic to/from Cochrane Heights is already travelling on Fifth Avenue before turning onto Highway 1A. The long-term planning process also uses models to assess the long-term impacts of additional growth. The area along Fifth Avenue is currently largely developed; as growth occurs, future traffic patterns and flow will shift throughout the downtown core as Grande Blvd is connected through to Railway Street, and Centre Avenue is widened north of the railway tracks. With recent development along Centre Avenue and the construction of the new railway crossing, traffic patterns have already begun to shift from Fifth Avenue to this new corridor. Ultimately, there will be a grade-separated crossing of the railway at Centre Avenue.
Council’s strategic priorities for 2015-2018 include focusing attention on roads and pathways. Specifically:• Complete the Transportation Master Plan• Prioritize projects within the Transportation Master Plan for implementation• Champion improvements to Hwy 1A/22 intersection• New Bow River bridge crossing targeted for completion in 2018
The Town allocates over $1.5 million each year on improving existing road network, such as in the East End.The Town spent over $11 million on the construction of Centre Avenue.New lights at Highway 1A and Centre Avenue have improved safety of the intersection; the work was done in partnership with Alberta Transportation.Left turn lights at Highways 1A and 22 were result of extensive efforts from Council and the community.