| Posted: Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 06:00 am
Temp truck crossing
Motorists can expect an increase in heavy truck traffic and delays on Ray Gibbon Drive later this month as construction begins on phases three and four of Riel Park redevelopment.
Throughout the construction period, which is to run from July 23 to Nov. 30, a temporary road crossing will be available roughly 400 metres south of the Sturgeon River bridge.
During working hours a trained flag person will be on-site to adjust and control temporary traffic lights marking the crossing.
Beginning Sept. 3, trucks will be restricted from accessing the crossing from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.
A portion of Red Willow Trail will be closed temporarily between Levasseur Road and the Sturgeon River bridge until fall 2013.
More downtown parking
Grandin Park Plaza will open its parkade to residents this fall during weekend and holiday events.
The mall’s management company, Amacon, signed a no-cost agreement with the city to open 250 covered parking stalls, beginning on Nov. 11 for the Remembrance Day celebration.
“It’s important to the City of St. Albert that we have a thriving downtown, where residents and visitors alike can come together and celebrate,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse in a press release. “By making it easier for people to find parking, we are encouraging them to visit and do business in downtown St. Albert.”
Parking will be available during annual events like the Snowflake Festival, Rainmaker Rodeo parade, Northern Alberta Children’s Festival, St. Albert Farmers’ Market, Canada Day and Rock’n August.
Rapid transit plan
Council unanimously approved the development of a rapid transit master plan, which will include a budget, source of funds, consultation process and timeline.
“I think this would be an important and key step in the evolution of St. Albert Transit in particular as it responds to the developments and expansion of Edmonton Transit with the LRT likely to come up to St. Albert in a 10 to 15 year time span,” said city manager Patrick Draper.
City administration will bring the master plan proposal to council on Oct. 29.