The City of Lacombe addressed train whistle cessation at their regular council meeting held on Monday, September 11.
Canadian Pacific Rail has approved three of five rail crossings in the City of Lacombe to apply for whistle cessation.
The approved locations in the City of Lacombe include:
- 46th Avenue
- Wolf Creek Drive and Highway 12
- 34 Street and Highway 12
A fourth crossing located on Wolf Creek Drive and Highway 2A has been given pending approval upon the completion of a pedestrian crossing. The work for the crosswalk was originally scheduled for 2023 but has been deferred to 2024.
The fifth crossing at the Highway 12 and Highway 2A intersection will need to be redesigned and upgraded before that is possible. The major concern for that area is the west bound traffic that queues on the tracks. CP Rail also requires an extension of the fence that separates Tim Hortons and the rail.
Lacombe City Council directed Administration to initiate the process for whistle cessation for the eligible rail crossings within the City boundary.
Two out of three rail crossings have also been approved for whistle cessation in the County of Lacombe including:
- 34th Street and Highway 2A
- Range Road 270
The third crossing in the Lacombe County which is Range Road 270A requires bells and gates before the whistle cessation will be considered.
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