Intersection prompts safety concerns

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At the Jan. 16 Airdrie City council meeting, Coun. Tina Petrow asked staff to respond to her request for motion regarding a solution to traffic concerns at the intersection of Highway 566 and 8 Street, south of the city.

“It is an intersection that is heavily used by our residents and I would like to see it become a safer option for our residents to use,” she said.

In response, Lorne Stevens, City of Airdrie director of corporate services, said the City and representatives from Rocky View County (RVC) had already had discussions regarding the troublesome intersection and were working jointly to prepare a submission for the province.

“The City of Airdrie had offered – and RVC was supportive – (to undertake) a traffic signal warrant to determine whether we’re at the threshold and (if) traffic lights should be installed at that location,” he said.

“RVC has completed an intersection review previously – they shared the work that they did (with the City). This came in, in mid-December (2017). Ultimately what they identified is they believe the most appropriate form of addressing this issue would be a traffic circle.”

Stevens said the City and RVC were preparing to make a request to the province a traffic safety assessment be conducted.

“Our intention – and I talked with my colleague at RVC – we intended to bundle all of that information up that we have in respect to traffic volumes, in respect to RVC’s intersection review and, as well, the intersection signal warrant,” he said. “We did want to send that to the regional director of transportation down in Lethbridge. The concern that we share with RVC is a safety concern.”

A number of improvements to Highway 566 have been identified by RVC, which is in the process of completing the appropriate studies and drafting a plan, according to Stevens; however, the province has not approved funding for any of these improvements.

Stevens said the study the City is doing should be completed by the end of January, at which time the joint submission to the province would be made.

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