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Road construction projects get underway

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:43 am

A number of road construction projects will get underway in May, including the twinning of Yankee Valley Boulevard east of East Lake Boulevard.
A number of road construction projects will get underway in May, including the twinning of Yankee Valley Boulevard east of East Lake Boulevard.
Matt Durnan/Rocky View Publishing

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Airdrie motorists can expect some delays around the city as a number of road projects will get underway in the coming weeks.

A few major projects have been delayed due to inclement weather, but should get back on schedule as contractors are slated to begin work in the next two weeks.

Road twinning at Yankee Valley Boulevard east of East Lake Boulevard will commence within two weeks, according to Engineering Services Team Leader Bob Neale.

“The contractor on that site will be maintaining access though the work zone,” said Neale of the project that will widen the road to allow for more traffic flow in the city’s southeast corner.

“Their may be alternate routes and detours and we will advertise those in advance.”

Neale advises motorists to obey all electronic roadside signs as well as construction crews in order to keep traffic flowing safely.

“Every road project we take on has a traffic accommodation strategy so that we’re not causing jam ups,” said Neale.

“Signs will be posted to direct motorists of road work and possible detours.”

Those travelling east will be rerouted to Range Road 22 and those travelling west will be directed north on East Lake Boulevard.

The future 40th Avenue project that will connect Eighth Avenue and Reynolds Gate in the southwest should have minimal impact on traffic, according to Neale, as the road is a new project and shouldn’t interfere with day-to-day travel.

“You may see some delays over there when the contractor is finishing up the intersection at 40th (Avenue) and Eighth (Street),” said Neale. “When they’re putting up signage and painting the lines at the intersection, it could get a little busy, but the construction of the road itself should have minimal impact.”

The construction of the new roadway will connect communities in Airdrie’s southwest and will be a minor inconvenience that will ease traffic in that area in the long-run, according to Neale.

Main Street will see some slow downs as well in the coming months as road rehabilitation is scheduled from Elk Hill to Allen Street.

“You’ll likely see that section of road reduced to two lanes while that project is going on,” said Neale. “This is a standard road rehabilitation that is in place to extend the service life of the road.”

Another road rehabilitation that is on the list of projects is the intersection at Eighth Street and Veteran’s Boulevard, which is also designed to extend the life of the road.

Rehabilitation is also slated for Centre Avenue, from Tower Lane Drive to Main Street.

Neale and his Engineering Services team will be doing their part to communicate delays on Airdrie’s streets and he is advising that motorists keep their eyes on signs and advertisements.

“We’ll be doing our part to let everyone know where to expect delays so that everyone can plan for alternative routes,” said Neale.

The cost associated for the twinning of Yankee Valley Boulevard is $3.6 million. The construction of 40th Avenue between Reynolds Gate and Eighth Street is budgeted at $6.5 million. Both projects are slated for completion in October.


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