Thursday, June 23, 2016

Transport industry hails new S.E. connector road

For Gene Orlick, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), the completion of the 61 Avenue Extension in Calgary’s southeast industrial area couldn’t come soon enough.

Gene Orlick
“We’re extremely pleased The City of Calgary has completed this connector project as it provides an accessible east-west link for motorists and truckers alike,” said Orlick, who is also owner of Orlick Transport Services.

“This effectively accomplishes the goal of reaching the major distribution centres and transportation corridors in southeast Calgary on a timely basis, and alleviates a great deal of congestion on Stoney Trail allowing motorists to move freely.”

“The motor transport industry will certainly benefit from this new roadway.”

Orlick was one of the participants at an opening event that was held earlier today, June 23, to celebrate the completion of a new road which will help to open up an area in southeast Calgary to industry and business. The 61 Avenue S.E. Extension officially opens to traffic on June 24.

The project included the construction of a two-lane road from the existing flyover at Southeast Ring Road to 68 Street S.E., a new four-lane road from 68 Street to 57 Street S.E., and a new four-lane bridge over Forest Lawn Creek.

Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra also attended the opening and said, “The completion of this project provides for better transportation of people, goods and services, and will energize growth of future and planned development in the area.”

“I’m also excited that the project provides for pedestrian movement along 61 Avenue, including a Regional pathway which will ultimately connect with Ralph Klein Park,” added Carra.

Mac Logan, The City’s General Manager of Transportation, stressed the emphasis on environmental protection and improvements.

“The project team made sure that the sensitive environmental elements were well protected, recognizing that the project would have some affect on local wetlands. Working with Alberta Environment and The City’s Parks department, all mitigation strategies available were applied to minimize any impacts.”

Some of the key environmental protection initiatives included construction of a longer bridge over Forest Lawn Creek to allow for safer movement of animals along the creek and upgrades to the wetlands area along 61 Avenue.

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