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Posted on: June 25, 2021

COCHRANE AND THE PROVINCE CELEBRATE THE SOD TURNING FOR THE HIGHWAY 1A IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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Council and Administration were honoured to celebrate the start of this exciting project with the Honourable Minister of Transportation Ric McIver, MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane Peter Guthrie and Rocky View County Reeve Daniel Henn. Widening highway 1A has long been a priority for both the Province and Town of Cochrane and is an important piece of Cochrane’s Traffic Plan. 

“We are very excited to begin laying the foundation for one more piece of the puzzle to Cochrane’s community connectivity,” said Mayor Genung. “We are not just widening the road; we are creating a gateway into Cochrane with our identity and heritage proudly showcased. Residents and visitors will be able to enter Cochrane with ease and pathways along the road will be built for all to enjoy.” 

The Honourable Minister of Transportation Ric McIver announced that the Province has approved funding for the connection from the end of the Town’s Highway 1A Improvement project and the start of the Highway 1A and Highway 22 project. The Province has confirmed construction on the Highway 1A and Highway 22 project will start next year. 

“With the Province’s support, we are embarking on a momentous investment in our community. Each step in the project brings us closer to our goal of improving community connectivity,” said Cochrane CAO Mike Derricott. 

The Province has committed to fund the Highway 1A and Highway 22 intersection project. With this investment on the horizon, widening highway 1A was a necessary first step and the Town decided to start work right away. A significant source of funding for this project comes from the Municipal Stimulus Program grant. 

A long-awaited upgrade to the Highway 1A corridor through Cochrane from east of Centre Avenue to west of Fifth Avenue, the 1A Improvement project includes:

  • widening from two lanes to four lanes 
  • realignment of Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue
  • new access, parking and turning lanes for Sixth Avenue west businesses
  • improved pedestrian network with new sidewalks and paved multi-use pathways

As project details were clarified, the scope expanded to include:

  • utility upgrades under the highway for future needs
  • Alberta Transportation storm infrastructure requirements
  • project enhancements such as greenspace and roadway enhancements
  • additional Centre Avenue improvements previously planned for 2022

Council approved the project in December 2020 with a $12.9 million budget. An additional $900,000 previously allocated for detailed design was approved for this project in December 2019, bringing the total project budget to $13.8 million.

More details and project updates: cochrane.ca/Hwy1A

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