Mayor Truper McBride recently returned from a mayors’ caucus meeting in Edmonton where the hot topic for Cochrane was the Highway 22 and 1A intersection upgrades.
“Not very surprisingly, the minister of transportation told us that the project was not going to be moving forward until there was more revenues coming into the provincial coffers but that the design work is just about complete,” said McBride. “So this means the project is good to go as soon as we see revenues improve.”
McBride said that during the meeting, which was for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), he pressed the AUMA to deliver an advance left-turn signal for the southbound lanes turning east.
“I think we made a solid case for that,” said McBride, “and they told us that they would be down to Cochrane this week to look at getting this advance left installed for, what I hope, will be early in the 2013 season.”
The mayor discussed an array of issues concerning Cochrane during his trip to Edmonton, including RCMP staffing practices, offsite levies, labour regulations and the advancement of the town’s Community Revitalization Levy for the Quarry site, which requires approval from the provincial cabinet.
The need to twin Highway 1A was also recognized as a vital need.