City receives approval for intersection improvements

April 13, 2017 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie and Alberta Department of Transportation announced today that approval has been granted for modifications to the Sierra Springs Drive and Yankee Valley Boulevard intersection in the city, including a left-hand turning lane out of the popular Sierra Springs shopping district.

“We’ve been lobbying the government on the issues with this intersection for a number of years and Minister Mason is directly responsible for our opportunity to move this project forward,” said Mayor Peter Brown. “We appreciate that he took the time to meet with us and truly understand the positive impact this decision will have within our community.”

The Sierra Springs commercial centre south of Yankee Valley Boulevard has limited access points. A traffic signal at Main Street provides turning movements in all directions, while the signal at Sierra Springs Drive provides entry access from the north, east and west, with exit to the east only because it is located across from the Highway 2 southbound off-ramp.

The result of the Sierra Springs Drive configuration has caused major delays on both Main Street and Yankee Valley Boulevard due to the volume of traffic that bottlenecks at this location. The Main Street intersection is the only exit from the commercial centre that accesses to both north and west Airdrie.

“Our government is committed to making life better for Albertans by working with our municipal partners on solutions to infrastructure challenges their communities face,” said Minister Mason. “I want to thank Mayor Brown and his council for their leadership to improve access to Yankee Valley Boulevard.”

The approval is conditional upon several factors the City will be responsible for during the intersection modifications. One of which, is that the City will assume the costs related to implementing the changes.

Work required to improve the intersection has already been unanimously approved, in principle, by Airdrie City Council. Administration will bring forward an anticipated budget and timeline this spring with the intention that the changes would be completed before the end of 2017.

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