International Avenue Rapid Transit Project

New road development has begun on International Ave and Calgary drivers in S.E are frustrated with the constant road change and temporary lights.

Colin Chapman, the Project Manager for 17 Avenue S.E Bus Rapid Transit Project explained that the road development is designed to enhance safety for drivers, pedestrians and transit users.

According to Chapman there will be a limited stop bus that provides quick transportation to the downtown core, stations with real-time time travel information, and heated shelters.

Chapman says the project will affect residents who live in the communities around International Avenue as well as avid transit users, businesses, and pedestrians along the Avenue.

“The road developments are designed to create better traffic flow and faster commute times,” said Chapman.

According to the transportation section of some of the South side construction has already been completed.

The website also states that construction and road removals will start on the North side during the week of Sept 11.

“International Avenue is culturally diverse and unique, The City is working to maintain that. Whether it’ working with, businesses or residents, the design for the project reflects the uniqueness of the Avenue and the community’s desire to create a great space for everyone,” said Chapman

Current resident of the Forrest Lawn area Corrina Pelletier has been driving the S.E roads for about 12 years and has never experienced such traffic congestion before.

“Sometimes it’s so busy and hard to get through I take the back roads and do my shopping in a different community,” said Pelletier

Pelletier enjoys doing her shopping in her own area because she knows it well.

She says, “It’s comforting sticking with the norm but the driving is so terrible right now it’s easier to go elsewhere.”

Bethany Fudger, 21 of Calgary, Alta has lived near International Avenue almost all her life.

She describes herself as a well-educated and prepared driver.

Fudger has experienced difficult driving conditions since the road development began in early September.

“It is beyond frustrating driving behind someone who doesn’t know what they are doing,” explained Fudger

She was once behind a driver who hit the breaks really hard for no apparent reason.

As a result of hard breaking Fudger almost lost the whole front bumper to her car.

Fudger is expecting to hear about more accidents because she feels some people just don’t care enough to pay attention for others or the construction.

“I am worried that because they added a new left turning lane people are going to cause accidents,” said Fudger.

Fudger and many of her community acquaintances are excited for construction to end for normality to be restored.

The new road developments are scheduled to be complete sometime in the spring of 2018 residents and drivers of the area are impressed with how quickly things are moving.

Fudger is especially excited to see how the road will look.

“It is almost sad watching the changes be made to our old community but I think in the end it will be very beneficial and a nice uplift to the area,” said Fudger




Written By Courtney Lovgren for The SAIT PRESS








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