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Roads, traffic top of mind

Calgarians have spoken and traffic, roads and infrastructure remain at the top of the list when it comes to their concerns.

Calgarians have spoken and traffic, roads and infrastructure remain at the top of the list when it comes to their concerns.

The 2010 Citizen Satisfaction Survey released by the city yesterday showed that while Calgarians said their overall quality of life is increasing, traffic woes remain the dominant issue.

Out of 1,000 Calgarians surveyed, 34 per cent cited “infrastructure/traffic/
roads” as the most important issue.

“Getting around the city is something that we all do, and so it’s of concern,” said city manager Owen Tobert.

“It is going to be a concern that will, I think, occupy anyone’s mind who lives in a big city, probably forever.”

Tobert said though it is the top issue, the city is working towards improving Calgary roads.

“We’ve done an awful lot of projects that have been completed over the last little while,” Tobert said, mentioning the free-flow along Glenmore Trail and the 16th Avenue corridor.

Marcia Eng, a transportation engineer with Urban Systems, said when it comes to frustrations over road infrastructure, it could come down to miscommunication.

“I think part of it is the communication with the public because a lot of people don’t completely understand the plan or what the higher vision is,” said Eng. “All they see is constant construction everywhere and they don’t know if there’s an actual plan.”

 
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