Intersection project to cost $17 million
Work is expected to begin next year on a $17-million project to straighten the 67th Street curve and build a roundabout in Red Deer.
The project is expected start next summer and be finished by the end of 2015, said Paul Goranson, city of Red Deer director of development services.
The plan is to take out the curve completely and build a four-lane stretch that will end up at a roundabout to the east.
“As far as some of the details around the accommodation of pedestrians and cyclists, those are things we are well aware of as issues but they’ll will be worked out in the detailed design,” he said.
A high school is proposed for a site nearby and the foot and vehicle traffic it will generate will be taken into account as final designs are approved.
The wedge of land that will be left when the curve is removed will likely be used for commercial similar to the nearby Clearview Market Square development.
“The neighbourhood area structure plan for the quarter where Clearview North is was developed with this future realignment in mind,” he said.
Local road networks have also been designed to fit with the new alignment.