Mayor Jeff Genung revealed Cochrane’s plan to address traffic in a special Facebook Live event tonight.
The plan starts next year with an investment in widening Highway 1A from the bottom of the Big Hill until just past Sixth Avenue.
Mayor Genung says the Town is taking control of its destiny. “Traffic on the hill and along Highway 1A continues to challenge our community,” he said. “We recognized an opportunity to use provincial funds to advance this project in 2021. When complete, this work paves the way for streamlined traffic flow along Highway 1A and through the Highway 1A/22 interchange.”
The Town has been approved for $3.4m in Municipal Stimulus Funding (MSP) to support highway transportation improvements. Total budget for the Hwy 1A project is $12.9m, to be funded from offsite levies and debt, in addition to the approved MSP funding.
Scheduled in 2021:
Scheduled for 2022:
Scheduled for 2023:
Highway 1A upgrade details:
This project is one piece of the traffic solution puzzle for the Town of Cochrane. Recent improvements to Griffin Road, completion of the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge and connecting roadway, and phase 1 of the Centre Avenue improvements are all part of the overall solution that has been implemented to date.
A borrowing bylaw is required to proceed with acquiring the debt required to fund this project; the draft bylaw will be presented to Council at their November 9 meeting.
The 2019 provincial budget included funds for upgrades to the Highway 1A/22 interchange; the province is continuing to plan for the interchange work, but no start date has been identified.
Go to cochrane.ca/Traffic Plan for images, video and updates.