Council approved a schedule and estimated budget to begin work on Centre Avenue corridor improvements, continuing their commitment to community connectivity and increasing traffic efficiency and capacity, particularly during peak commute times.
“Council is investing in our local roadways,” says Mayor Jeff Genung. “With the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, we recognize the need to make investments in our roads to ensure that traffic can flow throughout our core. At the same time, we will continue to advocate to the province for improvements to the provincial roadways that flow through our community, including the Highway 1A/22 interchange and the Highway 1A/Centre Avenue intersection.”
Phase one, scheduled for 2020, includes repainting Centre Avenue to remove on-street parking and create two southbound receiving lanes off Highway 1A ($26,000). This phase also includes detailed design and costing for the Centre Avenue widening to four lanes ($600,000) and Highway 1A/Centre Avenue intersection improvements ($900,000).
Phase two, scheduled for 2021, includes construction for the Highway 1A/Centre Avenue intersection improvements, including dual left turn lanes off 1A onto Centre Avenue, and additional westbound and eastbound through lanes on Highway 1A between Fourth Avenue and Centre Avenue ($5.6 million). The project is contingent on approval from Alberta Transportation.
The completion of the first two phases will provide immediate traffic flow benefits for residents, commuters and visitors during peak times. All phases include consultation with the public and key stakeholders.
Phase three, scheduled for 2022, includes construction of the ultimate Centre Avenue widening to four lanes ($4,485,000).
Phase four of the project includes construction of the realignment of Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue at an estimated cost of $7 million. This project is contingent on approval from Alberta Transportation and is included in the Town’s 10-Year Capital Plan.
The associated project budgets will be included in Council’s budget deliberations on November 18 and 19, 2019.Images :Centre Ave Phase 1
Centre Ave Phase 2
Centre Ave Phase 3
Centre Ave Phase 4