July 26, 2013 / For Immediate Release
Airdrie, Alberta – Airdrie’s fourth automobile railway crossing opened today at noon on Railway Avenue. Mayor Peter Brown, Council members, Airdrie Fire Department, Airdrie RCMP, Municipal Enforcement and City of Airdrie staff were on hand to mark the opening which connects the Creekside Crossing area via Railway Ave with Airdrie’s downtown via Towerlane Drive.
“The east-west corridor has seen significant traffic growth in the last several years with recent commercial and residential developments,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “The new crossing will provide residents with an alternative to First Avenue; improving transportation capacity and traffic operations efficiency,” adds Brown.
“The new connection will also benefit emergency services routing options and response times and aligns with the Downtown Redevelopment Plan,” adds Brown.
The two-lane undivided roadway across the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks also includes pedestrian connectivity.
The City has made efforts to maintain a pedestrian friendly environment by including enhanced landscaping and sidewalk bump-outs.
The project is currently forecasted to remain on budget. The approved budget was $2,675,942 and the total projected cost once top lift paving is complete is $2,660,333.
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