I am thrilled that my motion related to the Terwillegar Corridor received unanimous support at the February 27, 2018 Council meeting:
That Administration do the following:
- Suspend any public engagement activities regarding the ultimate long term Terwillegar Drive / Whitemud Drive interchange and any roadway modifications that may limit access in the interim;
- Optimize the concept plan for the Terwillegar corridor between Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive, including provision for opportunities of mass transit and active transportation;
- Advance the Preliminary Design for Terwillegar Drive / 40th Avenue interchange;
- Advance the Preliminary Design for an optimized Stage 2 of the Whitemud Drive / Terwillegar Drive interchange, with consideration for reduced design parameters (i.e. design speeds) with the intent of reducing overall complexity and cost;
- Continue to advance preliminary design on the basis of a number of $75-100M packages in support of staged completion of the Terwillegar corridor, including full access for 40th Avenue, Rabbit Hill Road, 23 Avenue, and Haddow Drive;
- Present a list of potential shared funding opportunities with the provincial and federal government that take advantage of infrastructure and innovation funding;
- Bring back to Council a report summarizing progress on the aforementioned design elements in 2018 Q3.
So, what are the next steps?
The next consultation on Terwillegar Drive will primarily focus on the 40th avenue interchange (with full access), and will take place either in late June or early September. I will post information on my website as it becomes available.
Following that consultation, cost and schedule information will be discussed and debated as the Capital Plan for the next four year cycle is decided this fall. I will be strongly advocating for multiple $75-$100M packages of staged completion of the Terwillegar corridor to be included in that Capital Plan.
If passed in the Capital Plan, design of those segments would take approximately one year, with construction ideally starting in 2020, and completion likely in 2022.
In the longer term, I will be advocating for the rest of the Terwillegar Corridor upgrades to be a part of the 10 year transportation master plan so that we can see completion in the next decade of this necessary work for our communities.