With shovels anticipated to be in the ground in late spring of 2022, the Provincial Highway 1A and Highway 22 interchange project scope has expanded to include four lanes from the interchange project on Highway 22 to Sunset Boulevard.
Following more than a year of meetings and correspondence with Alberta Transportation, the Town recently learned that the project scope now includes both project ‘gaps’ previously identified by the Town. Cumulatively, these gaps reflect an additional $20 million in transportation investment in our community, bringing the total project budget close to $80M.
“I would like to express our appreciation to the government of Alberta for recognizing the need for this significant investment in Cochrane and the transportation corridor that flows through our community,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “At this time last year, we announced the Highway 1A improvements project as the next step in addressing our traffic puzzle. With this work now well underway, we look forward to connecting the Highway 1A project to the Alberta Transportation interchange project and up to Sunset Boulevard.”
Gap one includes the stretch of Highway 1A from the Provincial interchange project to the Town of Cochrane Highway 1A improvements project. Gap two is an extension of Highway 22 twinning to Sunset Boulevard, allowing double the traffic volume turning left out of the Sunset neighbourhood.
Gap two funding includes a financial commitment from the Town of Cochrane and the private community developer. This includes an upgrade to the intersection at Highway 22 and Sunset Boulevard, funded by the developer through offsite levies.
“Our advocacy efforts over the past four years are paying off,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “The highway twinning, together with the interchange construction, will provide long-lasting benefits and support key economic sectors in the province.”