Council opens 28 Street / 43 Avenue expansions
Town of Stony Plain officials have formally opened new sections of 28 Street and 43 Avenue, a more than $2.3-million infrastructure investment with a four-fold aim:
- to improve general traffic flow within the area;
- to reduce traffic congestion at the intersections of South Park Drive and 43 and 44 Avenues;
- to enhance public safety; and
- to trigger economic growth.
“We needed to build and expand access to this area to make it more conducive for people to do business in this part of Stony Plain,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “This project has the potential to attract more commercial development along this high-profile corridor and to create more jobs within our community. Most importantly, however, it improves public safety and makes it more convenient for residents and others traveling in the area.”
Members of Town Council met at the project site on July 31 to cut a ribbon to formally open both expanded streets; however, neither route will officially open until appropriate signage has been installed and Alberta Transportation has signed off on the project.
The lengthened streets will improve access to existing businesses and help attract commercial development on either side of 28 Street – adjacent to the south-east section of Hwy. 16A that runs through Stony Plain.
The expanded 43 Avenue now connects eastward directly to 28 Street, which in turn, now runs between 44 Avenue and Hwy. 16A, providing direct right-in/right-out access to the provincial highway and offering an alternate route for traffic circulation in and out of the South Business Park.
The completion of these developments, coupled with sewer and water servicing, enhances the Town’s efforts to market prime Town-owned commercial land on either side of 28 Street; Council already approved, in April, the sale of 2.13 acres to a local developer for $830,700.
The Town has been in discussions with various developers regarding several proposed commercial projects, which were contingent on the new access being constructed. These developments will provide economic benefit to the community and increase the municipal tax base.
There are also tentative plans for additional high-density residential development south of 43 Avenue and east of 28 Street. The new roads had to be completed to prevent further congestion at the intersections of 44 and 43rd Avenues and South Park Drive.
Council approved the 28 Street/43 Avenue expansion in July 2012, passing a borrowing bylaw for a five-year debenture to fund the project. Construction began last summer but could not be completed until this year, due to early ground-freeze in 2012. The new streets will open to the public within two weeks.