(Cochrane, AB) – Upgrades to one of Cochrane’s main transportation corridors are nearly complete, with the roadway portion of the Highway 1A Improvements Project now complete. This reflects a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance transportation infrastructure.
The project, which included the widening of Highway 1A, realigned roads, improved access, pedestrian pathways, and enhanced aesthetics, exemplifies the community's commitment to connectivity and forward progress.
"The widening of Highway 1A has been a long-standing priority for both the Province and the Town of Cochrane,” stated Mayor Jeff Genung, Cochrane. “This project has already improved the traffic flow in our community. And when the Provincial Highway 1A and Highway 22 interchange project is completed in 2025, we will see even more significant improvements to the flow of traffic within and through Cochrane.”
The Highway 1A Improvements Project was initiated in the fall of 2020 when Cochrane took a proactive approach to secure Provincial grant funding, allowing the community to take control of its destiny and complete this essential project before the Highway 1A/22 interchange project, further improving the town's connectivity.
As of today, tangible progress is visible, with ongoing landscaping efforts to harmonize the natural beauty of the area with the new, improved highway. A significant milestone this year was the construction of the retaining wall, symbolizing the resilience and dedication of the community in shaping a better future.
Looking ahead, the project will see the installation of a decorative wall facing and lighting, transforming the highway into a work of art once the concrete has settled and cured. This commitment to aesthetics is a key aspect of creating an inviting gateway to Cochrane.
Mayor Jeff Genung expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Cochrane community, saying, "Throughout every stage of this journey, we want to express our heartfelt thanks to the Cochrane community for your patience and support."
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