Jonathan Gallo, who owns the building that houses Bodega’s Stony Plain Road location, said that it’s frustrating that road work was being done in front of their location for months, and then the bridge project began.
“This is hugely disruptive and why didn’t they do all the work in front of our buildings, when the bridge was closed?” said Gallo. “Now we had six months of construction, then another 24-month closure. They could have done all that at the same time.”
The Stony Plain Road Bridge was torn down less than a decade after the rehabilitation work was done. If you wonder, “Why didn’t they do the heavy lifting for the LRT at the same time?” don’t worry. We asked.
“They are separate issues because at the time that work was approved and completed, there was no timeline for the Valley Line West LRT, as there was no funding in place from the provincial or federal governments,” wrote Ward Nakota Isga Coun. Andrew Knack in an email. “In fact, at that time, it was suggested that the Valley Line West LRT was likely 20 to 25 years away from going forward, so the council of the day made the decision to do the bridge work independent of the LRT.”
So, while residents in the area can grumble about multiple closures in the area in less than a decade, the projects aren’t related.
According to the contractor overseeing the western extension of the LRT, Marigold Infrastructure Partners, “the new Stony Plain Road Bridge will feature one lane of vehicle traffic in either direction, the Valley Line West LRT tracks, a sidewalk for pedestrians, and a shared-use path running along the south side of the bridge.” Marigold estimates construction of the new bridge will take two years.