North End Connector

North End Connector

Postby Grandan » Mar 8th, 2018, 11:43 am

North End Connector
Contributed - Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am | Story: 220522
It is interesting to note that the rail trail did not even exist when the plans were laid for the North End Connector. Work has already commenced on the trail this year as the the planned North End Connector sits on the shelf. While the 3 lanes of Highway 97 will be completed this year I fail to see where the big improvement will be with it ending at Edwards Road.

There are two very strong reasons why the North End Connector is not any closer to construction.
The widening of Hwy 97 is only part of the solution. The second important improvement being undertaken is the construction of John Hindle Drive from Glenmore Road to UBCO which will divert a large proportion of traffic from the Sexsmith- Old Vernon Road intersection.
The airport will also benefit from this upgrade, traffic from downtown and Glenmore will have an option that will keep them off the highway completely by diverting that traffic onto secondary roads onto Airport Way.
Since the North End Connector will go only as far as McCurdy Rd I don't see how it could possibly help at this time.
Waste not

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