Intersection project increases budget by $460,000

Another $460,000 has been added to the 50th Avenue and 46th Street intersection construction project budget in Leduc.

Another $460,000 has been added to the 50th Avenue and 46th Street intersection construction project budget in Leduc, through the city’s Safe Communities reserve.

The revision to council’s capital budget will allow the intersection a preemption period, which is the period of time that allows traffic signals to clear an intersection before the arms barring access to cross the railway tracks come down.

Engineering director Shawn Olson says this will give the intersection a higher level of safety.

“Prior to construction that intersection was up to 1960 standards,” said Olson.

“The alternative to this would be not re-opening the intersection,” he added.

Coun. Bob Young recommended to council it approve the amendment to the project’s budget. “To me it’s something we need to do. It brings that elevated safety.”

Coun. Dana Smith agreed, stating the preemption would improve the safety and walkability of downtown.

Olson says the amendment will cause no schedule delays to the project.

“We didn’t have any prior knowledge of this additional expense,” said Coun. Glen Finstad.

“It’s short term pain for long term gain,” added Greg Krischke, mayor.

Riseup House additional fund

In an in-camera session council discussed granting the Riseup House one-time additional funds. The request was made for $7,000 but councillors increased it to $10,000. The request was approved following the in-camera session.