Feds provide funding for rail crossing upgrades

Fifteen crossings will get upgrades such as lights, gates, and improved warning systems

The federal government has announced a new $16.5-million Rail Safety Improvement Program for 136 projects across the country, including 33 in Alberta.

More than a third of the Alberta projects are for grade crossing closures (13 in Calgary and one at Mile 104.12 of the Maple Creek Subdivision). Fifteen others will see improvements such as adding flashing lights and bells; installation of new or replacement gates; and upgrades to constant warning times (which provide a minimum warning regardless of the speed of a train). The cost of individual projects ranges from $150,000 to $207,000. There will also be pedestrian upgrades at two crossings in St. Albert and one in Leduc, along with access control measures in the Laggan Subdivision.

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“Grade crossing and trespassing accidents still cause the most rail-related deaths and serious injuries in Canada,” Transport Canada said in a news release.

The release added the federal government has spent $71 million on rail improvements over the last four years.

The three CP Rail projects are: Mile 5.28 Hoadley Subdivision (Range Road 274), Mile 0.17 Western Co-op Subdivision (RR 274), and Mile 1.12 Laggan Subdivision (11th St./9th Ave. SW).

The 12 CN Rail projects are: Mile 0.05 Westlock Subdivision (Dungevan Rd./127th Ave.), Mile 51.8 Edson Subdivision (Main St.), Mile 38.43 Edson (Subdivision, RR 32), Mile 7.2 Westlock Subdivision (Sturgeon Rd.), Mile 54.9 Edson Subdivision (Seba Rd.), Mile 23.26 Peace River Subdivision (Twp Rd 810), Mile 35.37 Edson Subdivision (RR 25), Mile 258.15 Wainwright Subdivision (17th St.), Mile 3.81 Camrose Subdivision (84th Ave.), Mile 57.13 Vegreville Subdivision (50th St.), Mile 116.73 Edson Subdivision (Roseavear Rd.), and Mile 125.94 Edson Subdivision (Rural Road 170).

For more details and the complete list of projects, go to the ‘2019-2020 infrastructure projects’ page on the Government of Canada website.

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