Train whistle relief in sight for Lacombe residents

Proposed crossing upgrades could eliminate most train whistles

Lacombe residents may soon be spared the shriek of warning whistles from most of the trains passing by.

A report has been prepared for city council outlining what needs to be done to the five crossings on two rail lines in the city to bring them up to 2021 safety standards.

The report also assessed what it would cost to further improve the crossings so that trains could safely stop blowing their whistles.

City staff recommended that council approve all of the necessary safety changes to allow trains to stop whistling at Wolf Creek Drive, 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue on the main north-south line that runs next to Highway 2A.

Known as the Leduc line, about a dozen trains a day travel back and forth on it.

“Eliminating whistles on the Leduc line alone would reduce the whistling within city limits by 85 per cent,” says the report, which will be considered by council Monday.

It would cost about $72,500 to improve the three crossings on the Leduc line. About $60,000 of that is to fix the awkwardly configured crossing at 50th Avenue, which has left unwary motorists stopped across the railway tracks while waiting for the nearby traffic lights to change.

That work would be cost shared between the city and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and possibly offset partly by a Transport Canada grant.

Making improvements to allow for whistle cessation would cost another $5,000 at 50th Avenue and $7,000 for the other two crossings.

Three other crossings in Lacombe County just outside the city are also covered in the report. It is recommended that the city approach the county to see if it will apply for whistle cessation on intersections at 34th Street and Range Road 270 on a second less well-used line that runs east-west next to Highway 12.

Only about three trains, on average, use the so-called Bretcher line daily.

Trains would still need to blow their whistles at Wolf Creek Drive and Range Road 270A on that line. Upgrading those intersections would be pricey — $500,000 for lights, bells and crossing arms at Wolf Creek Drive alone.



News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Thousands of Albertans flock to Westerner Days on last day

Central Albertans took advantage of Sunday’s sunshine and flocked to Westerner Days… Continue reading

Former Humboldt Broncos player who survived bus crash hopes for spot on team

RED DEER, Alta. — A former Humboldt Broncos player whose back was… Continue reading

Man and dog dead after early morning house fire in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Officials say a man and a dog are dead… Continue reading

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

OTTAWA — The federal government is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit against… Continue reading

May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious plan for the climate

OTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

TORONTO — The names of the two people killed in a shooting… Continue reading

Relief in sight for southeastern Canada following weekend heat wave

MONTREAL — Relief is in sight for sweltering Canadians after a weekend… Continue reading

Trudeau’s former right-hand adviser playing role in Liberal election campaign

OTTAWA — With three months to go now until the election, the… Continue reading

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.… Continue reading

Thousands visit Illinois governor mansion after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion… Continue reading

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

VANCOUVER — High school students in Canada may not be getting the… Continue reading

‘Us and them’: influence of Quebec anglos on decline with new Coalition government

MONTREAL — Last March, Quebec Premier Francois Legault made a mocking remark… Continue reading

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

VANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how… Continue reading

Most Read