Trail project paves way for part of future ring road

Work continues this summer on a multi-use asphalt trail and green belt to run along what will become 20th Avenue, part of a future ring road around Red Deer.

Work continues this summer on a multi-use asphalt trail and green belt to run along what will become 20th Avenue, part of a future ring road around Red Deer.

Wayne Gustafson, engineering services manager with the city, said the $4.5-million project, that runs 4.8 km from 55th Street to 19th Street, is in preparation for 20th Avenue that is scheduled for construction sometime between 2017 and 2025.

“We hope to have all of the trail done this year right through to 19th Street,” Gustafson said on Monday.

“The trail sometimes jumps up on top of the berm. We’re meandering that trail to take advantage of the various green spaces.”

The trail will connect to trails at Ross Street, 32nd Street, and the existing trail along 19th Street, east of 30th Avenue.

Construction of the trail and greenbelt began last August and Gustafson said parts of the trail are already being used by runners, walkers and cyclists.

“It helps create a bigger loop in that southeast area as part of the trail network. At the same time, it’s getting a jump on providing a bit of a buffer for the future construction of 20th Avenue.”

The green belt includes a vegetative retaining wall made of stacked bags filled with soil that varies in height depending on the elevation of the future roadway.

The wall will be sprayed with a grass seed mixture which will grow on the wall.

“It’s a bit of a pilot project that we’re utilizing to green up the retaining wall a little bit so it’s not just a concrete block wall. It will allow for the planting of trees and shrubs and grasses and various plantings inside the wall.”

He said the vegetative wall is more cost effective in terms of up-front capital costs, provides a better visual, and fits well with the city’s environmental initiatives.

The ring road, called the North Highway Connector Project, will be part of an expressway that will align Hwy 11A, Northland Drive, 20th Avenue and McKenzie Road when completed to reduce congestion on city arterial roads and improve traffic movement.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Man arrested in 2014 drug bust finally getting sentenced

Convicted drug dealer unsuccessfully tried to get case thrown out because of delays

New trail being developed through North Red Deer woods

This forest belt is known for having rough sleeper camps

Moms visit Red Deer’s overdose prevention site

Moms Stop The Harm meet in Red Deer

Lacombe County land dispute to be resolved

Landowners next to new Kuhnen Natural Area feared trespassing and liability issues

Average fall, cold winter ahead, The Weather Network predicts

Canadians can expect average temperatures this fall that will give way to… Continue reading

WATCH: 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy, say organizers

It leaves Red Deer with the infrastructure and confidence to host future such events

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

Opinion: City must aim for zero per cent tax hike

Red Deer city council is discussing the benefits of multi-year budgets, which… Continue reading

NHL players stay with CBA, labour peace set to at least 2022

The National Hockey League will play its next three seasons without the… Continue reading

Tre Roberson, Stampeders edge Tiger-Cats for third win in a row

Stampeders 19 Tiger-Cats 18 CALGARY — A little bit of insight from… Continue reading

Veteran quarterback Harris’s status questionable for Edmonton Eskimos

He’s one of only two CFL quarterbacks to start all of his… Continue reading

Rapid rise of co-working providing needed space as big cities feel crunch

TORONTO — When Rahul Raj was ready to move his small but… Continue reading

No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

DETROIT — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked… Continue reading

Most Read