Open house set for range road study

Local residents are invited to participate in the second phase of a functional planning study on Range Roads 231 and 232, located between Wye Road and the Whitemud Extension.

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Local residents are invited to participate in the second phase of a functional planning study on Range Roads 231 and 232, located between Wye Road and the Whitemud Extension.
Strathcona County will host an open house for the public on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strathcona Christian Academy Elementary School in Sherwood Park.
While there, residents will be able to provide input on the design elements narrowed down after the first phase of public engagement, which occurred earlier this year.
“Since then, we have done some analysis and looked at different options in different areas,” said Strathcona County transportation infrastructure engineer Tony Maghee, noting the overall goal of the study is to provide recommendations for long-term upgrades to the roads in order to accommodate future growth.
“Some of those options were limited to two solutions while others have a little more flexibility, so we’re going to go and ask residents for their opinions on the various components.”
Between February and March 2018, property owners in the immediate study area were engaged through door-to-door meetings, kitchen table meetings and an online survey.
Then, in May 2018, residents were invited to an open house to learn about the purpose of the project and its timeline, as well as to discuss their interests and concerns.
All told, approximately 275 residents and stakeholders took part in the study’s first phase, and through that engagement, Maghee said, the county was able to gather valuable feedback to inform their understanding of the study area.
“In Phase 1, we went to residents and road users with a blank slate, and we basically learned that there are multiple viewpoints in terms of how they feel about the corridor,” he explained.
“Some of them were looking at speed reductions while others were looking at roundabouts, traffic signals and walking trails.”
With that said, however, resident feedback isn’t the only important component of the overall plan in developing recommendations, according to Maghee.
“We also have to look at technical analysis, safety and feasibility,” he said. “There are a number of factors that will be incorporated.”
While there is no definitive timeline for the project, as it’s still in the planning phase, another open house will be held in early spring 2019 to share the final study recommendations.
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