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Posted on: November 19, 2021

FIRST PHASE OF HIGHWAY 1A PROJECT COMPLETE

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Cochrane, AB – Construction on the Highway 1A project has concluded for the season, with the first phase of the project largely complete. Crews completed line painting and removal of construction barriers late last week. 

While there is a significant amount of work planned for the 2022 construction season, the work completed to date will significantly improve traffic flow on both Highway 1A and Centre Avenue. 

“Cochrane has experienced an unprecedented construction season this year,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “From the Highway 1A and Highway 22 utility relocation work, the Station, the new Protective Services Building, and the Highway 1A improvements project – we continue to make significant investment in our community. And as we continue to advance the Highway 1A improvements project, we are making huge strides to address our traffic needs.”

Work completed to date includes the relocation of the shallow and deep utilities, and municipal and franchise utilities. The continued warm fall may yet allow the completion of the pedestrian sidewalk starting at 2nd Avenue east to Highway 1A to Centre Avenue and south along Centre Avenue to the Sheridan Mall. This sidewalk, originally scheduled for 2022, looks to improve pedestrian mobility and accessibility. 

Highway improvements completed include:

  • Hwy 1A: 2 eastbound lanes heading up the hill 
  • Hwy 1A: 2 westbound to southbound left turn lanes onto Centre Avenue
  • Hwy 1A: 1 westbound through lane 
  • Centre Avenue: 2 northbound lanes and 2 southbound lanes between Highway 1A and 2nd Street

In 2022, motorists can anticipate a new connection to 3rd Street from the Highway 1A and Centre Avenue intersection, as well as a second westbound lane on 1A and the eastbound merge lane from Centre Avenue to Highway 1A completed. In addition, a new retaining wall will be constructed to support the realignment of 4th Avenue to 5th Avenue. 

Although road work is wrapped for the season, dirt continues to be hauled off site as the weather permits. More information on this project can be found at Cochrane.ca/Highway1A. 

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