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Ray Gibbon Drive is a joke


  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 06:00 am

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So the City of St. Albert feels it is sufficient to wait for the Province of Alberta to decide to assume control of Ray Gibbon Drive and make it into the new Highway 2. Unfortunately for us poor citizens of this “city” (feels more like a town with this infrastructure), it means waiting another 5-10-15-20 years of waffling over funding, environmental studies, traffic studies, engineering consultants, etc. The “city” should start acting like one and actually plan and build it to current standards for traffic volume.

Ray Gibbon Drive handles over 14,000 vehicles per day. This number (give or take various factors) is way above the threshold where the province would turn a single lane highway into a twinned, divided four-lane highway. Unfortunately, Mr. Hartman with the city believes it is premature to think about expanding Ray Gibbon Drive. If the bumper-to-bumper cars aren’t indication enough that it needs to be twinned, then perhaps it’s time for Mr. Hartman to read up on the multitude of published documents by traffic experts. The current state of the city's transportation system would be ridiculed by traffic experts across North America. If the city ever wants to ensure long-term sustainability, then the city should develop the infrastructure to support it, build for the next 20 years, and stop playing catch up. Heck, I knew I needed proper roads when I played Sim City as a kid!

Rick Hayworth, St. Albert


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