City approves plans to upgrade clogged Crowchild Trail - 660 CITYNEWS
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City approves plans to upgrade clogged Crowchild Trail

Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm MST

(660 NEWS)

City councillors have voted to approve upgrades to Crowchild Trail.

A community engagement report went before committee Wednesday and called for major upgrades to the often bottlenecked route.

The report recommended more lanes over the Bow River and Glenmore Trail, shifting exit ramps to Memorial Drive further north, moving the merging lane from Bow Trail and 10 Avenue to the outside lane of northbound Crowchild, and building bridges for 5 Avenue and Kensington Road, or tunneling Crowchild under the current roadways.

Councillor Shane Keating, the transportation committee chair, said no final price tag has been applied yet for all the work.

“When you’re actually going out to tender, the last thing you want to do is actually put the budget in the newspaper per se, and have all the contractors read it,” he said.

Keating said the project is spread out into three phases over a number of years, meaning the tax burden shouldn’t be too heavy.

Roughly 40 homes or business properties will be affected.