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Confederation Way, Thickwood Boulevard Getting New Bus Turnouts

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Confederation Way, Thickwood Boulevard Getting New Bus Turnouts

Main bus terminal, downtown Fort McMurray // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

Thickwood and Timberlea are getting new bus turnouts.

On Tuesday, council approved construction on the two stops which are expected to start in 2018.

Originally, the idea was to build 28 heated shelters on Confederation Way and Thickwood Boulevard.

However, Mayor Melissa Blake tells Mix News the scope changed after discovering potential safety risks.

“We had feedback from some of the schools about the risks that are created when students are running across the road so, in better-thinking context, they decided that two significant terminals should be established so we’re able to provide the service standard that we’re looking for.”

Along with safety concerns, the RMWB also discovered congestion problems.

These issues were on display when the municipality started their pilot project right after re-entry. Concerns were raised as buses would come to complete stops along the busy roads.

Meanwhile, Blake says the new turnouts will have secured washrooms for bus drivers, room for mutliple buses, and heated shelters.

“If you imagine what happens in downtown, near the provincial building, and you see you have a lot of buses gathered there and it’s okay and it’s safe for them to do that but your amenities are off-site so I think the amenities will come in, we’ll have a shelter that will accommodate.”

Right now, the idea is to put the facilities next to the Casman Centre and Paquette and Millennium Drive.

Pre-design and design would most likely be finished in late 2017, early 2018, with construction starting next year.

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