LAND AGREEMENTS IN PLACE FOR SOUTH BRIDGE CONNECTIONS
The final land agreements are in place for the south side of the Bow River bridge and extension of James Walker Trail through the Riversong neighbourhood.
Members of Town administration met with adjacent landowners over the last two years to negotiate the agreements. They were all signed earlier this month.
Mayor Ivan Brooker is thrilled to have final agreements in place. “We appreciate the effort that members of Town Administration and the local businesses — Green Drop Rock Products, Tamani Communities and Philco Farms — put into this process,” the mayor said. “Now we can move forward on this major piece of community infrastructure.”
The land on the south side of the river is required to connect the Bow River bridge and extend James Walker Trail for an additional north-south artery through town. The final road and bridge connections can now be finalized.
Complex municipal projects require significant time and resources to get all components aligned appropriately to move forward. Realignment of Griffin Road started this summer; the next steps on the bridge project include finalizing the bridge design and receiving permission from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to work in the river.
The location for the bridge was chosen in 2002 and is based on community growth and connectivity, river shape, grade and topography variances and road alignment with Griffin Road.
The Bow River Bridge and James Walker extension is part of Cochrane’s planned transportation infrastructure. With these agreements now in place, plans for more detailed design planning can proceed, with bridge opening anticipated in 2020.