Installation of the new early train notification system for the 5th Ave. tracks will be up much sooner than originally anticipated.

Laurie Drukier, town senior communications advisor, says the project has gone smoothly and will be operational as early as tomorrow, July 10, or by Wednesday.

The system is being installed as a pilot program and tells drivers when a train is approaching before the intersection closes.

Before a train reaches the crossing, a blue light will flash to alert motorists in advance that the intersection is closing soon for a train. The light will be visible in all directions for several blocks; this advance warning gives drivers the opportunity to safely choose an alternate route.

Mayor Jeff Genung hopes it will provide some relief for frustrated motorists in the downtown core. He also ponders the potential of extending the notification to Hwy. 1A to give motorists even further advance warning.

The signals are located on both sides of the Fifth Avenue railway crossing

Installation costs are $8,143 and are part of the 2018 budget.

This system is used successfully in other jurisdictions and has been found to enhance road safety by reducing driver frustration and illegal activities such as U-turns and speeding through intersections. The pilot program will be assessed to measure the impact on local traffic flow.

More Local News

FCP's Matthew Morrisey Doorknocking Here Saturday

Yesterday, Freedom Conservative Party (FCP) candidate Matthew Morrisey officially filed his nomination paper. Today he's at the FCP campaign kickoff in Calgary and this Saturday he's in Cochrane…

Fire Services Monitors Storm Pond After Low Hydrogen Sulfide Reading

Cochrane Fire Services was drilling holes into the ice covering the stormwater pond by Bow Valley High School this afternoon (March 20). Inspector Jeff Avery with Cochrane Fire, says they were…

Work Progressing on Schedule for New Bridge

The most important thing to Cochranites about the new Bow River bridge is the town's report that it's on schedule to open in the fall of 2020. Town councils and local media got a glimpse of the…

Budget Does Nothing for Albertans, says Richards

By Leah Murray Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards believes yesterday's federal budget is designed to serve as a distraction from current Ottawa scandals and believes it does absolutely nothing for…

A Few Things You Need to Know About the Election

With the Alberta election set for Apr. 16, Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer Glen Resler has outlined some of the things you may want to know about the upcoming vote. Resler says this election…

NDPer Steve Durrell Ramping Up His Campaign

Yesterday, NDP candidate Steve Durrell planted his election sign in front of his parent's house in the Riverview neighbourhood, a place he called home until he turned 18. He didn't stop long, though;…

Cochrane doctor exhausts appeals; practice permit revoked

Cochrane family physician Dr. Habeeb Tunde Ali's practice permit in Alberta has been revoked by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) due to his failure to pay outstanding fees…

Hair Of the Dog Fundraiser Celebrates Five Years

How could you not have a great time at an event named 'Hair of the Dog'?! While the expression may come back to bite you the next morning, the annual fundraiser is once again hoping to be a complete…

Here We Go! Albertans Going to Polls Apr. 16

The speculation has ended and the race is on. Albertans will be going to the polls on Apr. 16 it was announced this morning by Premier Rachel Notley at the National Music Centre in Calgary.…

Unbelievable Generosity and Support for Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre Gala

An annual fundraiser held last Friday evening (March 15) can only be described sweetly. Close to 150 people attended the Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre Gala at the Cochrane Alliance Church and the… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide