Cochrane, AB – In preparation for Alberta Transportation initiating construction on the Highway 1A and Highway 22 interchange as early as 2022, the Town is kicking off work to relocate the underground utilities in the area.
Equipment will be mobilized to site this week to begin the excavation of 300,000 cubic metres of soil.
“As part of the Alberta Transportation Highway 1A/22 interchange project, municipal utility infrastructure needs to be relocated to make way for the roadwork,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “Starting this work now ensures that the Town has completed all required municipal work to ensure the Provincial interchange can move ahead without delay.”
This year, the soil will be moved in preparation for the relocated water and sanitary sewer pipes, which will be installed next spring. In collaboration with Alberta Transportation, a portion of the excavated soil will be used to pre-build the western ramps of the interchange and detour routes within and adjacent to the Town’s work area. This work is anticipated to advance the Province’s project schedule.
Trucks will begin moving soil from the west side of Highway 22 to the site of the future interchange. Due to the volume of soil that will be relocated, motorists should expect occasional traffic impacts.
Over the last several years, this intersection has been identified as requiring immediate improvement to ensure adequate traffic flow and public safety. The Province committed to fund the Highway 1A and Highway 22 intersection project and construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2022. This utility relocation project was approved in the Town’s 2021 capital budget.
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